I'm building my own boat, and I designed it, too. My design is meant to be easy to build. Some other designs are meant to be beautiful, and are probably not so easy to build. In general, the more a boat looks like a shoebox, the easier it is going to be to build. Kelsall
, Woods, (hard chine Woods, that is,) Wharram
, Oram, etc. design boats to be easy to build, therefore faster and cheaper to build. I wouldn't say that of Farrier or Schionning. If you have a place to build, understand and love the details of everything
that goes into boats, and are either good with your hands or good at administering a manufacturing business, building your own boat is feasible. By this I mean, you need to be able to participate with knowledge and pleasure in the discussion of, say, the merits of keyways versus set screws in the installation
of prop shafts.
If you are a novice
, you should know that custom built boats are the most expensive possible option. As the expert said after presenting a bill for $100 for 10 minutes work, '$5 for the 10 minutes work, and $95 for knowing how.'
As for boat building as a business, I have certainly seen many, many fine boatbuilders go out of business through the years. As an aside, I have read that India
is the worst place in the world to start a business, because the government regulations
and bureaucrats are the most obstructionistic in the world.