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Old 09-22-2012
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Re: Frameless steel construction

I've built and I've restored boats. I would STRONGLY recommend you buy something close to what you want and modify it to suit rather than starting from scratch.

Until you've done it you really can't comprehend how much work building a boat is. The rule of thumb is 800 hours per ton of displacement. There are 1950 hours in a work year so do the math. That's for pro builders by the way, not amateurs or inexperienced people.

There are so many different designs afloat out there that there has to be something close to your ideal - pick one up in this ultra cheap buyers market and customize it - you'll save years AND dollars - trust me on this, boats cost MORE to build than to buy, not less.
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