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post #6 of Old 08-28-2002
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Pilothouse--Are Builders Missing Market?

I think it would be hard to say precisely how much it would cost to build a good 38 ft pilothouse that would address the issues that I mentioned. If you think of it you would want to use cored materials to lighten the interior in order to make up for the extra weight and top hamper of the pilot house. The pilot house will have a duplicate set of controls. Routing lines aft becomes more complex. There is more ballast, a bigger engine and a taller rig to buy. I would think that the costs to produce a pilot house model could easily add 10% or more to the cost of building a ''normal'' boat. And in making that assumption I am assuming that the boat sold in a volume consistant with the volume of a normal cruiser so that tooling costs can be spread through a reasonable number of boats.

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