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Unable to find my perfect boat in the 26-30’ range, I’m wondering if there are custom or semi-custom fiberglass boat builders out there that build “smaller” boats. I’m sure the cost will be mind blowing, but I can dream.

Anyone aware of custom builders?
 

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Unable to find my perfect boat in the 26-30’ range, I’m wondering if there are custom or semi-custom fiberglass boat builders out there that build “smaller” boats. I’m sure the cost will be mind blowing, but I can dream.

Anyone aware of custom builders?
I can't wait until we can just 3D print any hull we can dream of and try it out.

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Various builders may be interested - but it may depend upon the kind of boat you seek. There are 30' boats that are daysailers, and 30' boats that could take you to Tahiti via the Northwest Passage. One builder may like making full-keel designs, another centerboarders. They're sufficiently specialized that posters would need to know more about the boat you're looking to build before making suggestions.
 

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Various builders may be interested - but it may depend upon the kind of boat you seek. There are 30' boats that are daysailers, and 30' boats that could take you to Tahiti via the Northwest Passage. One builder may like making full-keel designs, another centerboarders. They're sufficiently specialized that posters would need to know more about the boat you're looking to build before making suggestions.
Fair point. Daysailer; fin keel or center board, long cockpit; minimal cabin; wheel aft of boom (so I can stand while steering)
 

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I would think any good builder doesn't have time to mess around with a 30’ boat
 

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I can't wait until we can just 3D print any hull we can dream of and try it out.

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Getting there. This one was 17ft, I think:



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Getting there. This one was 17ft, I think:



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Nice! Too bad it's a stinky noisy powerboat..

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Fair point. Daysailer; fin keel or center board, long cockpit; minimal cabin; wheel aft of boom (so I can stand while steering)
Try Morris 29 and Alerion Express 28. Custom quality. Just give up the wheel, it is not what you want in a boat like this. The builders know better about this.

They are both sweet.
 

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i was kind of thinking (hoping) there were a few that worked with a few set types of hulls, but customized the rest.
In the world of boat building, every builder will do some customization for you when building a boat; some more than others. Even the Catalina's and Beneteau's will make some changes from the stock for you, albeit minor ones. Other, mostly smaller, builders will be open to making bigger changes. My understanding is that Morris at least used to be very flexible with features and the interior layouts of their boats. I've never heard of anyone who does expressly what you are looking for, but if you like a particular boat, there's no harm in asking the manufacturer if they are open to customizing one of their designs for you.

One other option: find an existing hull shape you like, buy one in crappy shape, gut it, and make it what you want. Check out Tim Lackey's logs where he did this exact thing twice, once with an old Triton:


and once with a Shields Class One Design:

 

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Bob Perry is still doing custom designs. His last project was a run of three for the same owner, "Carbon Cutters" he called them. Built at the Betts Boatyard in Washington State...

If you don't intend to actually follow through, probably not best to bother him, as he has been under the weather for almost two weeks...
 
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