Has anyone here started a boat building business from scratch?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by aqualoco, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. RealityBoatCo
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    RealityBoatCo Junior Member

    That was just the coast guard stuff. Now we need all the epa books. ;)
     
  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Eric, you have the right idea on your book, though I'd write mine about all the folks who wanted to "design" a pontoon boat using corrugated PVC tubing zip tied together. They also don't have any cash, but plenty of PVC tubing . . .
     
  3. CAROLINAGIRL
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    I would like to build a fiberglass boat, need to know everything from start to finish as to how it is done.

    I am very good at all mechanical and electrical things, not much I have not built or fixed.

    Any info as to how to build the mold, the boat, the finishes and so forth??

    Thanks,
    Jay
     
  4. Eric Sponberg
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    Eric Sponberg Senior Member

    Carolina Girl

    The best thing for you to do is to get a job at a boatbuilder. Seeing how it is done is easier than talking about it or reading about it.

    Eric
     
  5. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Surf through the forum. There is oodles of info here.
     
  6. dereksireci
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    dereksireci Senior Member

    Old saying in the business

    Question:
    What's the fastest way to end up being a boatbuilder with a million dollars in the bank?


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    Answer:
    Start with two million!

    Good luck anyway.
     
  7. DYI
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    DYI Junior Member

    Four words Forest Woods Ranger boats .
     
  8. Corpus Skipper
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    Corpus Skipper Hopeless Boataholic

    Started with 2 million, now has one? :D
     
  9. DYI
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    DYI Junior Member

    Who knows how much he has :?: But lets say 30,000.oo as an avg price per boat and 22 leave the plant every day.
     
  10. dereksireci
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    The exception

    This is the exception, not the rule. Another old saying in the business, well not really old because I started it is: "Almost anybody can build a great boat, but few can make money at it."

    djs
     
  11. JEM
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    JEM Senior Member

    Start by reading. Understandng Boat Design is a good place to start.
     
  12. DYI
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    DYI Junior Member

     
  13. 67-LS1
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    67-LS1 Junior Member

    "I Want To Build A Boat But I Don't Have Any Money"

    Eric,
    When you write the book, I would like a copy.
    I'm one of those people that has the perfect boat in mind but can't afford to build it and I still think your book would be hilarious.
    Dennis
    PS - And my boat would be perfect. (Bet you never heard that before)

     
  14. Willallison
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    I'll go a copy too!...though I bet my dream boat is better than Dennis's!! ;) :D :D
     

  15. rob1966
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    rob1966 New Member

    hiya mate . i.own one of these little boats but it is in a bit of a sorry state at present . it looks exactly the same apart from the power unit . it also is very old . if you want any pictures drop me an email to rhaldron@aol.com and i will send you some .
     
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