Idlewild Expedition

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by Pericles, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. Pericles
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  2. Carioca
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    I spent a hour or two yesterday looking through this very enterprising undertaking. Thanks for bringing it to our notice !

    What I could not understand is why they first veered West (towards Alaska and the Bering Strait) then East again - back on the same route ? - before making their pasage through the upper reaches of the Arctic Ocean and finally into the Atlantic.
     
  3. Pericles
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    Haven't go to that bit yet, but I'm going to guess seasonal sea ice.

    Pericles
     
  4. Carioca
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    You could be right there. Had not occurred to me.
     
  5. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Thanks for the post and sites Pericles.
    Now in my favourites for further reading...

    Have given recently so herewith a token of my appreciation (doubles)::::::::::
    :D
     
  6. Tad
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    They went west first so that when they came across the Pacific a year later they could connect the circle (around the world) at Pt. Barrow Alaska. The voyage was a stunt and apparently they didn't really enjoy the boating part. They finished in August 2006, the boat has since sat ashore for sale in Vancouver, only $500k, silly price considering there is no market for this boat.

    Tad
     
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  7. SheetWise
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    SheetWise All Beach -- No Water.

    Last I saw, it was $400k. I think there is a market -- just not a mass market. I like the boat -- I'm waiting for some interior pictures. I would then have to calculate the cost of a new build to compare (What's your guess?).
     

  8. Tad
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    Sheet....

    There are far, far more boats for sale currently than buyers seriously interested. Thus it is a buyers market, the bargains will move, the others will languish. Idlewild was still listed at 500k 6-8 months ago. Cutting the price by 20% shows something of the market interest. People who think they can sell a custom boat (from a relatively unknown builder) for what they have invested are mistaken.

    She is a very small boat for her length. For the same or less money you can buy far more accommodation. The engine has many hours on it. I know her initial cost (ex-builder) was less than $400k, but she was incomplete.

    A 30,000 boat, built to the lowest finish level, (no paint or fairing, crude interior) will take at least 8000 man hours to complete. 8000 hours at $65 is $520k in labour alone, before buying materials. New cost never compares to one "that's been driven off the lot".
     
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