Dinghy building from mould - cost, condition, work...

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by boony, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. boony
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    boony Junior Member

    Hi all

    I was hoping for a little advice. Im in Australia.

    Im being offered a dinghy mould and my intention is to start making dinghies as a hobby (and while unemployed) for spare cash. Ive previously done basic fibreglass repairs but this project will be a true learning experience in regards to working and building with fibreglass.

    The mould is being offered at $400. I've sees some photos and it looks good but as yet I haven't seen it physically.

    My questions are :

    • is this a fair price for a used mould ? I guess this is very subjective.
    • on physical inspection what should I look out for to ensure the mould is suitable for ongoing use ?
    • according to the current builder the raw material cost would be around $150 per dinghy. Does this sound like a fair approximation ?
    • another subjective question...as a one man project and once Ive gone through the learning process of building a couple of test boats, how many work hours from start to finish can I reasonably expect for each dinghy ?
    • the tools I would need ?

    Cheers for any help or further points I may have missed.

    Update : this is a 2 metre long dinghy (rowboat) as opposed to dinghy sailor.
     
  2. urisvan
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    urisvan Senior Member

    i highly recommend the book "fiberglass and composite materials" by Forbes Aird.
    you did not mention the size of the dingy but i think you can do it in one day if you work hard. but get aware of the toxins so you will need a good mask. do not hesitate to give money for a convenient mask.
     
  3. boony
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    boony Junior Member

    Cheers for your reply. I also plan on getting a book as part of the investment. Thx for the title.

    Dinghy is a 2 metre.
     
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