I don't think I've seen a successful large custom boat built by a non-shipwright.
I find this hard to believe. In a country of around 300 million people, there are so few home-built boats sailing that someone (who reportedly has many years and miles of experience) has never seen ONE?
The marina I'm sitting in right now has 10 cat's in it, only two of which are production boats. 8 out of 10 cat's here were built by their owners. They range from 35-45 feet maybe that's not considered large? (IMO a 40 foot cat isn't small by any means)
In this harbour there would be at LEAST 20 home-built cats. And a few home-built steel mono's too.
Cruising up the coast it's happened more than once for us to be in an anchorage where EVERY boat was home-built. Cat's and mono's too.
No, DIY just got bought out by prosperity. We built a Westsail 32 from a bare hull and deck in Costa Mesa in the '70s. Every vacant lot and what seemed like every backyard had boats under construction by DIYers. Went back a few years ago and didn't see one vacant lot or any boats in backyards. With so many cheap boats on the market, it would be foolish to build one from scratch. Way easier and probably cheaper to refurbish an older hull.
The USA market is flooded with older boats. Why build something new when you can restore an older boat for significantly less?
Seriously, here on the Left Coast we haven't got room for any more boats. To make room for new boats you've got to haul the old boats away and demolish them. How sustainable is that? Better just to restore the old ones. That seems to be what the DIY crowd is doing these days, and in most cases it seems to make economic sense.
Aside from that, you've got to learn to take Rebel Heart with a grain of salt, especially now that he's out cruising. Do you really believe he's never seen a successful large custom boat built by a non-shipwright? If that's the case, he needs to come visit me here in Sausalito. Right across the fairway lies a 70" ferrocement ketch built in the back yard by the owner that's an absolute work of art.
Every once in a while, art happens, even for the DIY artists.
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I think Roverhi has the answer. When I first bought my boat there was shed in my marina that had a 55 foot hull and a 48 foot hull just being moved out after being home built. Many of my friends had their own homebuilt boats. Now it is rare but they are around. Just harder to come across.
There are quite a few 20-30ish foot cats being built. There are roughly 10 of just Richard Woods design underway or recently completed in N America. Mostly because there really are few good second hand choices in that size and it's a reasonable project time wise. Other problem is of course marina spaces. It seems rates have gone up here quite a bit in last 2 years despite locally economy about the same.
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I built my 50' 23 ton fiberglasscutter yawl from scratch, working full time at UCSB in Santa Barbara, with my then girlfriend who was a student at UCSB. We happily lived in a boat yard on Gutierrez Str. We started in mid '75 and launched in Aug. '77 The Daedalus is still going strong as an Inspected charter vessel.
The "average" American hardly has time to scratch themselves let alone build a 40' cat in their backyard. Americans spend more time at work than citizens of any other developed nation.
I don't think the US is at the top of the heap in terms of average hours worked, but it is up there. The biggest difference is in mandated vacation time, of which there is none in the USA. The average person is lucky if they get two weeks of paid vacation a year, and many don't even take it if they've earned it.
There are 2 large tris for sale now. At least one hasn't been splashed and I think they both haven't been rigged yet. There's a guy on Boatdesign building a cat about like yours and also the owner of stuffimiinto forum although I wonder if it's the same guy. There's that Marples, too. They are there.
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There's a guy on Boatdesign building a cat about like yours and also the owner of stuffimiinto forum although I wonder if it's the same guy.
He (catbuilder) runaway out from the Boatdesign forum and he must get the knowhow somewhere bcs he had no basic skils or knowledge building anything.. Thou the threads he started are a real treasure for somebody searhing knowlegde building foam cored hulls