custom fishing boat

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by kirkster7, May 20, 2010.

  1. kirkster7
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    kirkster7 New Member

    Hey guys i need alot of input on building a fiberglass boat from scratch. I would like to build a boat that like a nitro bass boat. I was thinking of building a wood skeleton, filling in the spaces with high density foam, then covering everything with fiberglass. Is this a good idea? Is this possible? Any input/advice would be greatly appreciated. I need some expierneced advice.
    Thanks guys
     
  2. Stumble
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    Stumble Senior Member

    Kirk,

    Can it be done? Yes

    Is your methodology a good one? Not really

    Is this a cost effective way to get a Nitro? Absolutely not

    As a general rule it costs as much to custom build a boat as it does to buy a similar boat new. Therefore the justifications for building can be generally grouped into a few catagories 1) What I want isn't and wasn't made by someone else. 2) I want to build a boat.

    On a small bass boat the reality is that the engine will make up a very significant part of the cost of the boat (well over 50%), and used boats are cheap. My advice is buy an older one, and repower it.
     
  3. Eric Sponberg
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    Eric Sponberg Senior Member

    It would be better to build it out of plywood and epoxy, and coat over with two layers of fiberglass cloth and epoxy. You will get a sounder structure provided you have a good structural design, and it will ultimately be easier to build, look better, and probably cost less money in the long run.

    Good luck,

    Eric
     

  4. wdbeyer
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    wdbeyer Junior Member

    Ditto on the above two posts. Take a look at Glen-L's Flats Flyer or Bateau's Phantom. You could take either design and modify the interior space to your own liking, i.e. like a Nitro.
     
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