Barge building

Discussion in 'Metal Boat Building' started by Frank B, Aug 13, 2023.

  1. Frank B
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    Frank B New Member

    I am a welder and pile driver by trade. I recently started buying and refurbishing barges patching sand blasting painting etc to bring them back to life then I resell them. Most of the barges are small 10-14’ wide by 30-40’ long and 3-4’ deep.

    I would like to start building barges on my own from scratch. The designs are pretty simple but if I’m going to sell these I’m thinking I need to build them to match an engineered stamped drawing? Do you think I need engineering and if so who can help?
  2. TANSL
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    TANSL Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum.
    Undoubtedly, you will need a certain degree of engineering: naval architecture calculations, definition of the structure and calculation of its scantlings,... In addition, some good construction drawings, defining each piece (sketch or nested for cnc cutting), each sub-assembly, the construction strategy, in short, will save you far more money in man-hours and material vaste than the cost of making those drawings.
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