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Mold help

Discussion in 'Boat Molds' started by Scuba212, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Scuba212
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    Scuba212 New Member

    Hey guys

    I have no idea on what a cost of a mold costs so I'm hoping you can help.

    I'm looking at possibly getting a dive mold made for a boat like the steber 32ft commercially something very simular


    Any ideas on what something like this would cost me? I plan on doing all the rest myself as a project boat.
  2. Cobra1
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    Cobra1 Junior Member

    Do you have a master plug? Are you going to "Splash" a boat? More info on what you have or don't have to get to the end result. If you have nothing 100k to 200k. Ya know what, go buy a used boat, it's cheaper.
  3. JSL
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    JSL Senior Member

    A quickie rule of thumb- the tooling (molds for hull, deck, liner, etc) and associated costs will be the same as the boat. If a Steber 32 costs $200,000 (ex works, exluding tax, commissions, etc ), good tooling could run the same.
    Build a "one-off" or go out and buy one.
  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    If building a single boat, you don't need, nor is it desirable to build a mold. A mold is only useful and cost effective, if you intend to pop dozens of hull shells from it. Only this way can you amortize the mold build costs. As JSL mentioned, you're best advised to buy a mold or better yet use a one off building method.

  5. Landlubber
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    Landlubber Senior Member

    If you do decide you still need a mould, then they are about 3 times the thickness of a real boat, so get the weights of the hull and deck, and then x 3 the cost. You then of course need to reinforce the structure with steel tube framing while it is green and before popping it from the plug.
    Think seriously about how you are going to make them if production, as the flanges are different for different types of construction.
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