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Old 04-08-2011, 05:18   #1
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Where Is the Best Place in the World to Have a Wooden Boat Built - Cheap but Good ?

If I were to sell my boat and had a design in hand where would be the most affordable country in which to have it built in wood. Obviously good workmanship would be a must. Any Ideas.
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Re: Where is the bet place to have a wooden boat built? Cheap but good.

indonesia,burma,turkey,philipines are a few places that come to mind,cheap labour but skilled,cheap wood ,though fasteners,glue hardware is best shipped in
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Thanks for the input. Niki
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Re: Where Is the Best Place in the World to Have a Wooden Boat Built - Cheap but Good

I suggest feast yr eyes here: Wooden Phinisi Sailing Boat in South Sulawesi Indonesia : Wooden Boat Building and Manufactures in Indonesia - Phinisi Sailing Schooner Made to Order - Wooden Boat Building in Tana Beru-Bira-Marumasa-Lemo Lemo-Ara-Sangeang-Bima-Labuan Bajo-Batu Licin
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Re: Where Is the Best Place in the World to Have a Wooden Boat Built - Cheap but Good

Those boats in Sulawesi are beauties, that's where I got the boating bug, one look and I said to myself " I could be happy living on a boat like that cruising Indonesia." We are now in Guatemala, and yes, happy.

Problem is, boats like that are a bitch to keep up, especially in the tropics. Given the number of steel fishing boats available for a song on both coasts of the USA, you're better off going with steel.

By the time they finish up the interior and mechanics, your costs will be up around750k. Rebuilt my shrimp boat in Louisiana for a third of that.

But if you have a design in mind and have to have it in wood, go to Sulawesi.
I would go there for my next haircut.
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Depends on the size...

Having built a 6.5m sailing boat and a few dinghies I'd suggest that the best place to build a dinghy is your garage and the best place to build a small yacht is your backyard.

For a big cruising yacht (over 28') I'd favour the Philippines. Cheap labour and the locals are friendly.
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