Originally Posted by freelife
Overpriced plans, over rated construction method,made to look easy, fast to build and the only way to go. The system has been around for a long, long, long time and for something that was (thirty years ago ) supposed to be the DUCKS GUTS,makes you wonder why it is constantly being altered. What a drainer of a way to build a boat!!
I have built or helped build over 100 cedar strip boats and numerous ply and foam ones using most of the common techniques. I used to write the same sort of stuff you are. Then I attended a KSS demo, along with a bunch of amateurs and 3 other died in the wool strip plankers, one of whom was also a designer
. We were all convinced KSS was the way of the future and none of us have built or designed any other way since.
KSS is very simple and quick. It is constantly being altered as Derek discovers better ways of doing it. This is a good thing, not a bad one. For example, infusion was not known 30 years ago and the shaping technique is far easier than it used to be.
Wetting out and vac bagging a 15m/50' x 4m/14' panel in 25 minutes with no mess and minimal wastage makes every other laminating technique look stupid. We are now adding all the local stiffening and reinforcing, strong points, solids, cockpit
seats, rebates for hatches and windows, landings for bulkheads, bearings and furniture and male/female hull
joins. All within 1-2mms accuracy.
I am now drawing boats with no secomdary laminating at all. Everything is laminated on the table, under vacuum. Components are then glued inmatched joins (no clamping or fastenings). The weight and labour savings are immense. The 15m we are currently building weighs 500 kgs and costs $35,000, plus rig.
I have no idea whether Derek's plans are expensive compared to others, but any extra money
will very soon be recouped.