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Old 06-25-2011
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Thanks for all of the advice, but fortunately, I don't have a wife to worry about at the moment, just the occasional floosy. I'd like if anyone could give me an actual number to look at for building my own, as well as an estimate cost for a used boat that size, even if it is a fixer upper. As far as contradicting myself on "things I can fix" I'm obviously not going to build the boat completely on my own, but I don't see the people helping me being with me on my boat. I'm willing to just buy if it is as easier and cheaper than everyone says, but in the meanwhile I am working on building a smaller boat, just to see if I do get tired of it or feel I cant accomplish it without it being dreadful. I don't plan to have everything I want all at once. I do have to deal with matters in the present from day to day. It can't be too much trouble, otherwise who would build boats? It is something I feel I can make my money back on if I wanted too, and if not, as long as I pull it off, I can figure it out from there.If I decide to build rather than buy, the build site is in oklahoma, so if anybody knows anything about boat building regulations, that is the state. I'm refurbishing an 19' boat right now, next I'm going to start on something for the weekends, just big enough for a couple people to have some fun.
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" It can't be too much trouble, otherwise who would build boats?"

Now, that's what I call a knee slapper! Up until you said that, I thought you might be serious.
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You know this discussion reminds me of my first house. I was 20, getting married and we bought a fire job. I hired a contractor to fix the fire damage and make the house weather tight. Then I did all the electrical, plumbing, painting sheetrocking, etc. We got married before it was finished, and lived in a 14 ft travel trailer in my parents backyard. I worked 6 days a week. Then at night and every weekend on the house. About 11 months into it my dad said "You know I did the same thing with our house, but it only took me 6 months to build it from scratch! You spend more than half your time tearing out and trying to fix it without tearing it down." I often have to ask, what if I built my own boat and never had to go backwards all the time?

That house gave me a lot of good lessons too. While I was working on it my wife was cheating on me, we separated before I finished it. We had put down $6,000 and got a $13,200 6% mortgage. I made exactly 24 mortgage payments of $110 and change, or about $2600 total. At closing when we sold the house I paid off the mortgage balance, $13,180! Yep, got to love that compound interest crap, I'd only paid off $20 of the original balance in all that time!

This house we paid double our mortgage every month, and after three mortgages, major upgrades, and my daughter's college tuition we paid it off in about 20 years.

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One of the best boat building sites is: The WoodenBoat Forum
There is a technique called 'stitch and glue' that sounds to be a quick way to build a hull.

Even buying an older fixer upper that is not in terrible shape would be cheaper and faster then building from scratch.
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