I can certainly see I needed to be more specific.
I am interested in doing the electrical
and controls, most all of the interior
cabinetry and woodwork, and a fair amount of the plumbing
. Even some of the fuel
and mechanical systems.
My budget would be around 500K finished. Most production cats from the bigger builders include many things I have no interest in like propane
systems and appliances
, lots of marine electrical
systems that I would rather replace including batteries
, chargers & inverters, etc.. Even things like refrigeration
can be expensive and for the same dollars could be far better than what is offered. Windlass
brands, voltages and sizes are not always what I would prefer, but I am either stuck with what they provide, or I pay for it and then replace it
I also don't care for most of the designs out there, I can certainly find things I do like, but they are either too expensive, are too focused on the charter
market. Or they are above my budget because they are VERY performance oriented or too big.
I am very familiar with the major designers out there and would have no problem engaging someone qualified to help me come up with a detailed design and working plans to get a detailed quote, but I hate to go down that road if my expectations are unrealistic. I have not yet found an existing design that ticks my boxes, but I have seen all of the things I like, just not all on the same design
Its been my experience that most people don't have the patience to do anything custom, in any facet of life, because its time consuming and requires too much thought and effort. Most seem to want to just see something and go for it, instant gratification. I understand that I would be looking at a process that would take at least 18 to 24 months and require a LOT of research
, decision making, and elbow
Even if I do purchase
a production boat new or used, I would likely spend 6 to 12 months changing it to meet my wants and needs. If I am going to invest this much time, money and effort I would certainly want the end product to be something I truly love.
Most of the production builders out there have tremendous overheads, with massive marketing
efforts and sales channels that I would end up paying for, that's why I am hoping I can find a builder that could possibly meet my needs within a reasonable budget. Before I shell out $500K I just want to make sure I am going down the right path.