Friends were quoted $40K (ie giving up ten years of cruising funds)...
This is actually helpful - to see Brent's general calculus on the cost of building one of his boats.
So, cruising wannabe, it will take at least
10 years of cruising funds out of your kitty and, judging by the average time for people building these boats (from their blogs, etc.), another 3-10 years of your life for the build (PLUS the money to support yourself during those years).
All this before you ever splash the thing and actually start cruising
. It's a horrible way to go.
It makes far more sense to buy one of the many, many used fiberglass boats on the market and just get out there and do it. You'll save TONS of money and hardship.
And the chances of you hitting Fukushima Debris and sinking are about the same as stepping off the curb in front of a bus. Do you stay awake at night and worry about that? I didn't think so
If you are
super paranoid, there are plenty of BS Yachts on the market that you could pick up for less than $20K!! That's dirt cheap - if you can live with the roughness! Sure, the people who actually built it will be losing their shirts - but at least you
won't be the sucker.
I think Brent himself says it best:
I'd rather be sailing!
I once had a bumper sticker which read ."Work is for people who dont know how to sail"
Building a boat is a hell of a lot of work. So listen to the man! Buy a used boat, and go sail. Never build one. That's just insane.