advice on Thai Longtail boat project

Discussion in 'Projects & Proposals' started by napalmtheelf, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Scott Carter
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    Scott Carter Senior Member

    As a convenient reference, the Thai Baht (TBH) is now trading at $1 US = 34 THB. That puts a 120,000 THB boat at around $3,500 US and a 20,000 THB longtail at $588 and a 35,000 THB engine at $1,029 US.
     
  2. plaa
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    plaa New Member

    logtail with a sail

    Thanks for the replies, i now have a good idea what to expect to pay. also the idea to get a local to do the bidding, i think is a good one. One more question, has anyone seen a longtail with a sail?!. I dont think it would be too difficult to rig a small mast and sail. I would like to see some pics if anyone has some. thanx plaa....
     
  3. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    Decorative Thai Vessel

    Just got these few pics in the mail from my wife
     

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  4. Mikey
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    Mikey Senior Member

    Nearly 20 years in Thailand now and I have never seen a long tail with sails
     
  5. longtailboats
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    longtailboats Thai sean

    he is spot on

    I totaly agree. only locally experienced salors and boats will assure you your life and liberty, south like he says is doable. This is not the flordia keys.
     
  6. David wright
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    David wright New Member

    Looking for Fred

    I crossed your name while researching Vadura online. Are you the Fred that sailed with us once? We are trying to arrange a reunion in NZ next year if it's you.
    Contact me via Email, davidwright33@bigpond.com.
    Dave Wright
     
  7. David wright
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    David wright New Member

    Looking for Fred Acke

    Oops, sorry guys, I'm new to the forum, i'm looking for Fred Acke who's name I came across in the forum but can't find in the members list.
    Good luck with the Asian boats.
     
  8. Longtail Skwub
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    Longtail Skwub New Member

    Longtail Boat

    I am a Canadian and have been living in Thailand for 12 years. Having always owned wooden boats, the first thing I did when I came here was to have a longtail boat built for myself. Since then I have had 2 more built and sold the first one. I have found them to be a sturdy craft in most weather. However, they are an open hull design and it is possible to swamp one. Choose your weather, and boatman, wisely. I have seen a few with inboard engines, sealed decks and scuppers. They are all custom built in many different sizes, styles, purposes and configurations. ie; Fishing, sail, freight, passenger, car/truck ferry, speedboat, etc… These boats are built from exotic hardwoods and will last several lifetimes with proper care. I have hundreds of photos and videos that I will share to anyone interested. These include a complete record of construction for those interested in trying to build one themselves. Current trade regulations make it very hard to get quality, boatbuilding lumber in many parts of the world. Here in Thailand it is very difficult to export raw lumber however, it is quite easy to export finished products. In my time here I have gotten to know some of the most talented and respected longtail boatbuilders. Together with them, we have successfully exported 3 boats to Europe and 1 to North America. Although each one was different, when you consider that the cost to build a 10 meter wooden boat is less than $5000 USD, the cost to the owners was ridiculously low. If anyone else is interested in owning one of these magnificent boats, checking out my boat photos or just chatting about them they are welcome to contact me through here.
     
  9. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    Hi Longtail Skwub,
    Welcome to the forums. Would love to see some of your photos, etc

    I suspect you may have trouble posting any until you have a little history with the forum,...I think it is a certain number of postings to assure that you are not just a 'ghost'. So tell us more about your experiences with these vessels, then try adding some photos.

    BTW you might try adding them to this other subject thread were I added a quite a few myself
    http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/powerboats/thai-boat-plans-needed-20398-3.html


    Cheers
     
  10. kazzer
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    kazzer Junior Member

    I have a spreadsheet to work out pipe sizes and displacement to make plastic pipe rafts.
    Some of these in China are 25' long and carry 6-8 people. All powered by longtails.

    I have the motor systems sorted too

    Let me know if you want details please
     
  11. brian eiland
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    brian eiland Senior Member

    Got some pics?
     
  12. kazzer
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    kazzer Junior Member

    Here's my video of our trip down the Li river in China.
    It seems I can't post photos yet, so go to youtube and look for Caswellsubs

    My first video is of our (bucket list deal) trip down the Li river in China. This is where I first got interested in these boats.

    I live in the Erie Canal in Fairport NY, and have two boats there, but the thought of a raft with a Longtail just got me all jazzed up. I just have to have one.

    So I sat down and did the math, and figured out how to bend the plastic pipes and how to construct the rafts.

    Here's an example of the maths.

    Assume the raft is 14' long & 4' wide

    4" pipes (12) will cost $190 with a load of 450lbs
    6" pipes (8) will cost $275 with a load of 1000
    8" pipes (6) will cost $375 with a load of 1800

    I have a vacu-former and am working on internal endcaps for the pipes.

    I see a great potential for these rafts, because they are easy to power with a longtail motor and their low profile and stability make them ideal to make a blind or layout boat. I think they'd also tow easily behind a snowmobile so would make a good base for an ice-fishing hut.
     
  13. Submarine Tom

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    Kazzer,

    How do THEY bend the sewer pipes up at the bow and stern?

    What diameter do THEY use?

    Thanks.
     
  14. kazzer
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    kazzer Junior Member

    Hi! Submarine Tom

    Are you a submariner? I have lots of submarine models as a hobby and a business.

    It's a secret on how to bend the pipes! :)

    It depends what you want to do as to diameter. The bigger the pipe, the more you can carry. Those Chinese tourist rafts are using 6" & 8" pipes, and are 20-30 ft long. They carry up to 8 people usually.
     

  15. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    No more than you.

    Is it a secret from you to me, or to everyone including you?
     
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