ISO 'Wide Beam Canal' Boat Builders in US.

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by Brian Carig, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Brian Carig
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    Brian Carig New Member

    Hi everyone,

    We want to build a steel hull canal boat, like the ones you see in the UK/Europe canals for the Erie Canal/Hudson river live aboard cruising.

    I was curious if anyone might be able to point us in the right direction for a US boat builder? I'd prefer this route rather than importing one from the UK, avoid shipping/tariffs and other associated fees.

    The boats I've been looking at on UK builder sites range around $250-275K, all in. Another option might be to have a hull builder over there build one, ship that over and outfit here, saving some on tariff fees, but still would have to bite the bullet on shipping.

    Yes, I'm aware that might not be the way you'd spend your money, but that's a different thread/post. Looking for boat builders that might take on this challenge and are realistic.

    If this was your goal, how would you go about achieving it? Thanks in advance for your suggestions/replies. I've attached a few photos of a boat a friend in the UK is building and a couple of finished ones for reference. Thanks

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  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    Welcome to the Forum Brian.

    A similar question was asked on here 10 years ago - here is a link :
    Looking for US steel boat builders https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/looking-for-us-steel-boat-builders.32904/

    In this thread Eric Sponberg mentions Custom Steel Boats in North Carolina - and their website is valid, although it only provides basic contact info.
    But you could try contacting them to see if they might be interested in your project?
    http://www.customsteelboats.com/about.html

    Who designed / built the boats shown in your photos?

    I guess that you are familiar with the boats built by Peter Nicholls?
    Europa Barge with Seagoing Option https://www.steelboats.co.uk/europa_barge.html

    And the designs from Selway Fisher?
    Motor Boats over 30' https://www.selway-fisher.com/Mcover30.htm
     
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  3. Tiny Turnip
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    Tiny Turnip Senior Member

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  4. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

    Why the reference to "ISO" in the thread title?

    Building steel canal boats, both narrow and wide, is a very competitive business in the UK with many builders who only build canal boats. That means any UK builder who wants to stay in business needs to be efficient and cost consious.

    In contrast buildng a UK style canal boat will be a new experience for a US yard. Most US yards who build custom steel boats will typically build larger, more complex boats. That means a US yard will very likely be more expensive than a UK builder.

    The duty on motorboats imported into the US is 1.5%. https://www.usitc.gov/publications/docs/tata/hts/bychapter/1001c89.pdf
     
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