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Re: Building a sailboat from a bare 38 ft hull
I have built and rebuilt boats. As others have said, there is nothing easy or cost effective about it. There are reasons that people do build their own boats, but most times, if they succeed, they are professional boat builders who have all the tools, skills and connections to do it efficiently and we'll.
There are a very large number of skillsets required and decisions that need to be made without making a costly error.
If you are new to sailing it is pretty unlikely that you have the experienced based knowledge to successfully see you through the process of properly building and equipping a boat this size. But beyond that, as a new sailor, it is unlikely that you even have the experience based knowledge to know whether the boat you will spend years building is a good design or the right design for your eventual tastes, skills and objectives.
In the case of a home made boat or home completed boat, a complete hull and deck with ballast and framing in place is approximately 20% of the overall cost of the completed boat assuming that you provide all of the labor including making your own sails and rigging. And the sad truth is that home built boats have a resale value that is a small percentage of the value of a factory built boat.
Also as others have said, the people who build their own boats are often more interested in boat building than actually sailing. There is nothing wrong with that, but if that is who you think you are, you might want to test that theory by building a much smaller boat and sailing it for a while.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 06-18-2019 at 08:39 AM.