Hiring a Yacht Designer...

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Seafarer24, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Seafarer24
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    Seafarer24 Sunset Chaser

    I debate back-and-forth between modifying my existing boat, buying a "new" one, and designing and building one specifically for my needs. If I decide to build a boat, I'd like to have a hand in the design, but leave the final work to a professional.

    If I draw out the basic hull shape, deck plan, and interior layout, how much should I expect to pay a designer to finish the work and create the plans?
     
  2. FAST FRED
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    and designing and building one specifically for my needs

    And what specific needs do you have that isnt found in a million existing boats?

    FF
     
  3. rwatson
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    Personally, I have found it very hard to find a designer available. And then finding one that seemed to understand the concept, despite detailed specs and diagrams.

    I have had quotes for the same job ranging between $30,000 to $3,000.

    At last I am on track, and things are getting done - after nearly two years.

    FF's comments are very pertinent. Why not put your specs and sketches on line, and see if its available 'off the shelf' first. If nothing else, it will give you some close working examples to quote to the designer.

    I am happy to put you in touch with my chap, in about 2 months after he has finished my drawings ? :)
     
  4. the1much
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    the1much hippie dreams

    the person will charge you just as much for doing all the work, as they would for finishing yours.
     
  5. TYD
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    Naval Architect

    I'm a Naval Architect and I'll be very please to chat about your boat and your needs. My web page is www.tridenteyachtdesign.com and my email is em@tridenteyachtdesign.com

    Now I'm working on Italy so everything is going to be by email. I hope that isn't a problem for you.

    Best Regards,

    Enrique Mich.
     
  6. JeroenW
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    Exactly, if you put your specs and sketches here somewhere, than someone might find a boat which is a close match, so that you only need to modify an existing design. Which might be cheaper (and faster?) than starting from scratch?
     
  7. Seafarer24
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    Seafarer24 Sunset Chaser

    Intended use: Single-handed circumnavigation
    LOA: 24'
    Beam: 8'
    Draft: 4' - 4'6"
    Rig: Free-standing cat-ketch with equal-length masts and booms
    Aux. Engine: Generator powering two electric motors set into the keel, each turning a feathering prop. Or... no engine at all.
    Tiller steering with Cape Horn wind-vane

    Optimized ergonomically for a 5'10" sailor.
    Intended construction is composite: strip-planking, foam core, e-glass skin

    I've attached a quick-and-dirty interior layout and profile drawing
     

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  8. the1much
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    the1much hippie dreams

    WOWZERZ!!!!!!!!! aint it GREAT to see a hand drawn sketchin,,hehe,,:D
    have you ever thought of being an artist? :p
    and im just playing with ya ;) ,, i actually was pleasantly surprised not to see a "cad like" drawing hehe ;)
     
  9. CTMD
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    CTMD Naval Architect

    Seafarer24,

    There are plenty of naval architects who could help you. Even more as you're not looking to win a race and therefor the level of detail and analysis is a lot less.

    1. Don't do any more work. What you've shown here is enough to start a conversation with your designer and any drawings you do beyond what you've shown won't save them any time.

    2. Talk to the local (phonebook) NAs explain what you want to do and what the time line is etc. You want someone local so you can do this accross a table.

    3. Avoid the "FARR" type offices, you can't afford them and they won't bring anything to the table for your project that a smaller office could (except bigger bills).

    Good luck and pleasant sailing.
     
  10. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    There are probably more boat builders and designers concentrated in Florida than anywhere in the rest of the US if not the world. Ask around. Look them up on the net or just try your phone book. North Miami is chockablock with them. You should be able to find some one fairly easily. OR, wait until October and go to IBEX. http://www.ibexshow.com/ Many designers and builders go to this conference because it is an industry show.
     
  11. afrhydro
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    seafarer
    i am a custom boat builder right just south of you and i have a 6000 square ft building
     
  12. Seafarer24
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    Seafarer24 Sunset Chaser

    the1much- glad I could provide some amusement. Those were just quick 5-minute sketches. When I take my time I draw more like what you see here: http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/showthread.php?t=15430

    CTMD- thank you for the advice. I'll start looking around locally first and see what they say about it.

    Ike- Miami is still a 4-hour drive, but I'm sure I can find someone in the Tampa area to talk to.

    afrhydro- I plan to do the actual building myself. I want to hire a designer because I don't trust myself to make it float on its lines.
     
  13. afrhydro
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    cool well if you need help with the floatin part
    lol good luck
    feel free to call if you need a professionals opinion
     
  14. the1much
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    the1much hippie dreams

    no REALLY Seafarer ,,,i REALLY like them,,,them others are bad@ss too! ,,see im like,not very "teknickle",,haha,,so when i see those sketch's done on a computer,,,, they go over my head before i even know im looking at a boat hehe ;)
    but,,,,,,,, glad to see your actually another real "boater" and has a sense of humor,,,,,oh by the way,,,,,, nice meeting ya ;)
     

  15. sharpii2
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    Looks pretty good to me.

    Why the two motors? Wouldn't just one do?
     
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