Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by rapscallion, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. rapscallion
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    rapscallion Senior Member

    Are there any Chinese boatbuilding outfits that would build a "one-off" mono hull at a decent price?

    How much would I have to worry about the quality?
  2. Doug Lord

    Doug Lord Guest

    There are lots of skilled people here that could use the work......
  3. Chris Ostlind

    Chris Ostlind Previous Member


    What are you up to now?

    If this is really something you are going to do... and you have the time and the cash to go over there to make sure it all goes as planned... and that going over there thing doesn't cancel out any pricing benefit... and you don't drive them crazy with change orders that push your project to the back of the shop and....

    Doug has this one right. There really are some very good builders here in North America who could save you lots of aggravation, lots of excessive travel time and lots of hidden fees when you have to hire a translating agent for your job. With the US dollar down right now, and the economy more than soft for boatbuilders, you'd be a fool to want to do this China thing.

    Now, if you had really big bank, an intention to manufacture in numbers and already knew a manufacturing manager who speaks Mandarin and trusted him or her, you could do yourself right... provided you can sell the damn things when they get here.

    Chris Ostlind
    Lunada Design
  4. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    Which you probably couldn't after the last couple of weeks on Wall Street.

    I concur with Doug & Chris.... lots of good yards closer to home could build you a quality boat at a decent price, would love to have the work, and would offer you the opportunity to participate in your boat's progress- in your own language and without the 13-hour flight.

  5. Wynand N
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    Wynand N Retired Steelboatbuilder

    building a boat for my client who is living in China for the last 14 years - perhaps this will answer your question....
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