Thinking of large yacht

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by narulure, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. narulure
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    narulure New Member

    :) Hi everyone!

    My name is Daniel, I'm 17 years old and my dream is to build my own custom mega-yacht. Iv allready got plan's done up, but I'm not sure what material and such I should be getting. For instance, what would the best hull material be? fiberglass? - should I be building the frame from wood? would drywall work inside - if so, would it crack (because of the moisture?).

    Sorry if these question's seem pretty dumb, but I really need to know the basic's....thanks so much!
     
  2. Brandon
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    Brandon Junior Member

    I would probably use paperclips and boogers for the outer skin...for the inside...drywall might work, just make sure its greenboard cuz its water proof...heck then you could tile the thing inside...that would be sweet.

    Just kidding man,

    Anyways, lets see your plans...no drywall- it cracks, its heavy, and its brittle, not to mention its not waterproof...gotta get back to work. cya.
     
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Please post some plans.
     
  4. pfennig
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    pfennig Junior Member

    If you want to do it yourself, check out Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding - I haven't built my boat yet, but between this book and one of George Buehler's boat plans, you should be able to make a semi-custom troller/trawler style yacht in the 40'-60' range. I.e. use his hull designs & design your own interior and cockpit.

    His Diesel Duck page (http://www.dieselducks.com) shows some of his popular designs, including images of a 48' Diesel Duck being DIY constructed from wood. The hull is planked with lumber, then covered in plywood, then fiberglassed (plenty of nails/screws/glue/epoxy/etc in there too). The pictures really help show how the process works.

    The designs can also be built out of steel or aluminum rather than wood (wood doesn't have very good resale value).


    A lot of the choice of material is dependent on what exactly you mean by a "mega yacht". To different people, that could mean:
    http://www.lazzarayachts.com
    http://www.nordhavn.com
    http://tiger.towson.edu/users/cusilt1/schooner_sultana.htm

    If you want to make it yourself, wood, aluminum, and steel are all good options. If you want to pay somebody tons of money to do it for you then anything goes, but fiberglass is generally a good choice for most sizes/types of boats (steel for really big ones). Look around for a boat similar to what you envision and check the specs for it's construction type.


    Interior materials will also differ according to they type of boat you want. If your mega yacht is literally the size of an ocean liner, even drywall can be suitable for some parts of the ship. For the most part panelling (plywood, tongue and groove, foam core sheets, etc) are good materials in less titanic vessels. Solid wood is also good for some surfaces etc etc.
     
  5. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    For a megayacht the basics start with say U$25.000.000.00. Without that it's not a reality wether you build it or someone else. As for you building it, that would mean running the crew. It is a job for 25-40 people. The tools alone would be in the half million range.
     

  6. narulure
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    narulure New Member

    Thank's everyone for the very helpfull info - I'm going to start working construction with a local boat builder so I can get the basic's down!
     
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