Originally Posted by James Joll
For my tuppence worth. !!! I would build my own boat after I had built my first car. Both make about as much sense. Cost way too much and sell for far too little. But if you think thats fun go for it.
Even production boats have a lot of labour content in them. Cars are built by robots. There's no comparison.
Originally Posted by Cheechako
"an amateur built boat can sell for about the cost of materials used to build it...."
This has been my experience even with home finished hull
and decks designed by Marine
Your experience? Have you built many cruising catamarans?
What you say may be true of building a monohull
from ferrocrete, but......
The materials for my boat will have cost well under $200,000 AU, (and much of that was spent when our dollar was worth much less than today) fully equipped, rigged, ready to sail.
I was offered more than that when it was an empty, unpainted shell.
I've looked, and I seriously doubt I would be able to buy a boat like this for under $400,000. More than double the materials cost.