Does anyone out there, maybe someone in the marine industry, have a ballpark figure (either by length or displacement)for a custom build that isn't a huge gold plater? Seems like the only custom boats you see are $$$$, not sure if it's only the folks with big bucks that even consider a custom boat, or is it just prohibitive at smaller sizes.
While I don't have a specific boat design in mind (this is daydreaming at the moment but I'd design my own), I'm thinking ~30', moderately heavy (D/L 250), daysailer/weekender with simple systems, probably cold molded or strip built.
It's not really worth it, unless you want something really really simple, with amodest mast and average rig and minimal systems.
Buy a production, it's cheaper.
You only custom if you can't find what you want..there is so much choice for what you want in the production boats, why bother?
Besides, even if you design it, you still need a naval architect to approve and do all the calculations to get it certified (at least in Europe don't know in the US)..
If you're building remove 40% of the cost, rest is material..
If you have it built, count on at least a year to a year and half where you are feeding the builder, way over $10.00 per month.
A boat that size, playing very conservative yopu're looking at $150.00 to $200.000, easy.
If you go bigger, better materials, well built and as you really want, you're looking at values in excess of $400.000.