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Old 02-08-2015, 09:20   #91
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Re: Building a Kit Catamaran

As far as I know it applies to Australian residents, the customs wantall sorts of verification that it is self build. I take photos of work in progress, I have reciepts for all materials I buy and some other costs. I also am building to survey, where an Australian Registered Ships Surveyor drops in when he is in the area and checks my work... the boat will need to be surveyed when it comes to OZ and he is also qualified and authorized to do that...

I have no doubts they'll still give me a hard time when I eventually get the cat there. but I also have correspondence from Australian Customs confirming the regs. I don't have it here with me, its in OZ in a file...

perhaps just ring them up and get the story from them directly. You can also send them a letter, they are obliged to reply.

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Tell me I am wrong when I compare the Flat panel method to the molded parts method, the kit cost me back then $125k and it was assembled and faired in 5 weeks, ready for engines, shipping and assembly cost me $ 50k so for $ 175k I had a finished and faired boat outside ready for interior, if you can tell me I could have got the same results with a flat panel balsa kit in the same time for less cost then I think you should be building boats as no-one else can.
Just a couple of points. Yes, the Fusion does get you a completed, faired, and nicely finished shell, very quickly.

In my experience, a flat panel kit can be built to that stage cheaper though. You're basically looking at kit costs, plus paint : considerably cheaper.

But it also takes much longer, so if you're hiring your shed that may change the balance the other way..

However, when it comes to finishing the interior, the Fusion is much more work. Finishing the interior of a flat panel kit is essentially the same as finishing the exterior. You fair and paint.

The insides of the Fusion moulded panels are much more rough and uneven. There are bits that are cored and bits that aren't, so the surfaces are far from even. The most efficient way is to line most of the interior, but that takes time, money, and adds weight.

Like most things, there are pro's and cons. Generally a flat panel kit of similar size will end up lighter and usually cheaper. But it will take longer.

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