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Anyone care to guess what proportion of projects such as this actually get splashed? My guess is MAYBE 10% within five years, and MAYBE 20% ever see the water.
That strikes me as way too optimistic.
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That strikes me as way too optimistic.
OTOH, some highly motivated and skilled people manage to build their own cruising sailboats in months like this guy:

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Really good website detailing a 43 foot Roberts steel boat build by two people with your kind of skill sets.

LOTS of good stuff about their problems and how they overcame them.

Oh yes they are two ladies, took them 10 years. But they know every inch of the boat.
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So far the negative comments you have heard are on the money, especially if you are building a Bruce Roberts boat with framed construction. There are tons of his boats lying around unfinished. Take a look at the Origami Boats forum on Yahoo. You'll find a whole different way to build a metal boat that radically changes the picture. The designer of these boats Brent Swain actually lives on one. He is for hire too. You can buy the steel, find a building site and provide a place for him to stay, plus his hourly fee, and in about 2 to three WEEKS you have a hull all tacked together ready for finish welding! His designs have very little welding too, so that goes quickly. If you use pre-primed steel, or aluminum you skip the sandblasting step. If you build a framed hull and it takes months then the primer fails and you have to sandblast. His plans and book are incredibly reasonably priced.

I have sailed on one of his 36 foot boats. It sailed amazingly well, like it was on rails, and was much quicker than I expected for a steel boat. It DID take that guy 7 years to finish it. However shortly after starting it, his house burned to the ground! I believe the pictures I took of his boat are still on the Origami website. Some of these boats come on the market from time to time, and most of them sell very quickly, for prices that sound like the owner didn't get hosed.

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BTW, if you're serious about building your own boat, please don't skimp on the materials. The materials end up being a very small fraction of the real cost of the boat, and if you skimp on the materials, you end up with an inferior boat that will be a waste of time and resources.... going with premium materials is the way to do this, if you're serious about it.

Chris White's book, The Cruising Multihull, has a great section on building your own boat. While it may be focussed on multihulls specifically, there is a lot of good advice in the book for ANYONE BUILDING THEIR OWN BOAT.

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My dock neighbor built and amazing boat BUT it took 12 years

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Here is a website that discusses boat selection including building your own. Mahina Expedition - Offshore Cruising Instruction In it he concludes that building your own makes no sense. If you must may I suggest that you do not "Try to reinvent the wheel" or in otherwords study a number of production boats and take the best systems from them to incorporate in your boat.
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he's not been been back.... maybe I slapped em to hard? eep.. sorry!

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I agree with what's been said, The only reason to build a boat if you want to build a boat. If your goal is to sail, buy one ready to go.

If your interest in building a boat comes from wanting a unique interior, (custom is overused and meaningless these days) refitting a good project boat is a decent compromise, you can normally pick them up at seriously reduced cost, and rebuild to suit your preferences, taking as much or as little time as you want.
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he's not been been back.... maybe I slapped em to hard? eep.. sorry!
The SLAP was just enough to wake me up. I think I will look into refitting an existing vessel...which was my original intent before I had the great idea of building from scratch. Thanks for all the responses and the good advice.

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