Originally Posted by outbound
20k for Dove II. It's things that that which convinced me to not do steel. I was highly enthused to do an Alan Pape design awhile back. Got to the point of looking at plans and taking a welding course. Then calculated out man hours for construction and cost of interiors. I know Brent has the time to look around and do these things cheaply. Even if I had the time I would not be pleased with the result so had planned a white wood and teak interior.Cost of the interior is about the same regards of hull material. Figured with part time professional help was looking at ~7-10k man hours. Figured excluding my labor was looking at 75-100k. In glass you may assume a 20-30% loss ( higher for one offs) and about the same in Al. In real dollars if you use and maintain the boat maybe up to 50% loss over life of ownership ( looking at ~ 10y). But in steel ( even professionally constructed with perfect survey) you will have trouble selling it and then at even greater loses. If you want a metal hull at all levels ( modern design with good sailing performance, decent resale, ease of maintenance, aesthetics) Al makes better boat then Fe.
Steve went from a Mason to a Boreal. From what I understand he is pleased as punch. Wonder if steel owners are running into the same hassles with insurance and yards that wooden boat owner are experiencing.
I see a lot of comments that seem to assume the only way to acquire a steel boat is to build one.
And I see a lot of comments indicating that steel boats loose their resale value.
Looking at it another way, I decided to buy steel in part because used steel boats can be a good value buy ( relatively inexpensive) and I got to go sailing right away.
I can't imagine the effort of doing a build, or partial build myself.
Both of our boats were professionally done (hull) and then fitted out (interior) by the owner. I would be very cautious of a homemade hull. We actually went to closing on an aluminum schooner, home made, and backed out on survey due to build issues. A very nice boat, with irregular welding. Ouch.
We ended up with the Pape and are very happy with her. Surely not everyone's boat. But she works for us, well.
The Brewer is getting some much needed attention, but we are happy with her as well.
So, why not take advantage of the market and buy used?
But then again, we have no intention of selling either boat.