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    Go for it Malcolm

    Now I'm just curious about material costs for something like this. I'll take a swing at it for an imaginary boat.

    30% hull, mast and spars

    30% sails and rigging

    20% engine and electrical

    20% communications and tech

    Can you adjust these for your project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bender View Post
    Go for it Malcolm

    Now I'm just curious about material costs for something like this. I'll take a swing at it for an imaginary boat.

    30% hull, mast and spars

    30% sails and rigging

    20% engine and electrical

    20% communications and tech

    Can you adjust these for your project?
    Funny you should ask, as I am doing the math now, about to order my wood. I am making some changes- adding a cabin and increasing the cockpit coaming height. I really have not thought of it in terms of % of total cost, but here is what I am expecting. By the way, I have met with Doyle Sails, but haven't gotten the estimate yet, but the sails are a pretty good ballpark figure. Costs are landed costs so they are including shipping from supplier.

    Plywood for hull and spruce for mast and stringers: $4,000 *This includes a few upgrades like a mahogany sheerstrake and seats, and a teak and holly floor (teak and holly faced ply)

    Sails $2,000

    Mahogany for rudder, stern and stempost, and other parts: Rough guess of $200 because I keep a lot of mahogany already on hand and don't expect to have to buy much.

    Casting bronze rudder gudgeon and pintle: Please, God, let it be no more than $300. :-)

    Centerboard: Well, folks- it looks like it's going to be $2500 in stainless. I am probably going that route. I had budgeted for $1500. I was wrong. Very wrong.

    Engine- Tohatsu 5hp LPG (Propane! I love that.) $2200

    Battery, wiring, VHF, bilge pump, etc.- honestly, I don't want to even think about that right now. I prefer to kid myself into thinking I can build the boat for the above costs.

    Oh yeah- paint- I'm using Interlux. I haven't priced it lately, but it's around $200 a gallon. I will need probably three gallons. (gasp)

    Epoxy- Six gallons is called for, but he wants you to coat it with THREE coats of epoxy. I say that's excessive, especially if using interlux or Awlgrip. I'm using one healthy coat of epoxy prior to paint. I will use Raka UV inhibiting epoxy- even though it's coated- I know the cure times on it and I like to work with what I am familiar with. Roughly $300

    Cloth- I have tons of fiberglass cloth on hand. I would say around $100 for cloth. I bought tons of it a while back and haven't had to buy cloth in a long while. I plan to do below the waterline in kevlar for beaching in sand.


    FYI- if you were building this on a budget and wasn't as much of a stickler as I am for brightwork and using vertical grain wood for everything (I'm a perfectionist to a flaw), and you just went with Oakoume all around, painted floors and seats, and didn't use spar grade spruce for stringers (but still used it for spars) then I would expect around $2500 to $3000 for the plywood and lumber.

    If you lived in the states and were able to more easily get a steel centerboard galvanized, you could make the centerboard of galvanized steel for around $1000, including having the chunk of metal shipped to you, and the cost of galvanizing, but assuming you are going to drive it to the galvanizer yourself and not pay round-trip shipping for that.

    If I can do this in under $12,000 I will be ecstatic. Oh, and rigging- I have most of the rigging already. I don't really want to even think about how much the additional pieces are going to cost. There are tons of hurricane damaged boats here that I am hoping to salvage from (*LEAGALLY and with permission).

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