How do I learn to build fiberglass fishing boats?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by Jesseleey, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. Jesseleey
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    Location: College Station, Texas

    Jesseleey Junior Member

    I live in texas faily close to the gulf, and there has been an explosion in the shallow water fishing in the last 5 years. My question is.....How do I learn how to build these boats? Does anyone have any pointers, or maybe a very informable website. I would even be willing to pay for the info. In fact if there is someone that lives around me I would even be willing to go into business with you, believe me it is a market that is just getting bigger and bigger. The prices on the name brand shallow water boats have sky rocketed, and if there is anyway I could build something just like the other guys for a fraction of the price, I would definately sell it like that. I have been around construction all my life so hard work is a part of my blood, and I am a very quick learner and soak up any information that is given to me. I own a swimming pool company and have loved anything to do with water since I was born. So please if anyone is interested to help me out, please email me at jesseleey@hotmail.com, or just message me on here. Thanks,

    J. Young
     
  2. marshmat
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    marshmat Senior Member

    I'm reminded of a quote that's been going around here for some time:
    "The way to make a small fortune building boats, is to start with a large fortune."
    In a competitive market, the big players are already milking every efficiency they can. And the startup costs for mass-production boatbuilding are absolutely horrendous. A new player often takes many hulls just to get quality control in line before they even dare talk of breaking even. The only real way to undercut the builders that are churning them out by the dozen, is to skimp on quality. And that generally doesn't work too well. Also, if the industry's booming now, it almost certainly won't be in two years. So if you're serious about this, you need a really, really solid business plan just as you would for any other business, plus you need proven designs, skilled staff, and a properly equipped facility ready to go. Even then it will take many years to become profitable.
     
  3. JEM
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    JEM Senior Member

    first thing you'd need to get going is a design.

    But perhaps before that, you might want to get some fiberglass layup exposure.
     
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