Getting the blank extrusions could definitely be cheaper. Some of the hardest parts are: cutting the exits + ends so that everything looks good. Everything else is just a lot of pop riveting, through bolting and measuring. You generally pick a mast section (let the pro''s do this) and that section will have a set of items to go with it (spreaders, goosenecks, mastheads) some places like metalmast actually weld everything together and produce an incredibly clean looking product. Chesapeake rigging is a good source for your location. Shipping costs can get up there in a hurry($200 for a 14''boom from charleston SC to Hampton VA) so if you can figure out a way to pick it up yourself (motor up to annapolis) you''ll save a good deal of $$$. Their usually shipped on trucks.