Where to buy a hull?

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by jdray, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. Will Gilmore
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  2. gonzo
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    The OP is looking for new hulls.
     
  3. fallguy
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    what hull?
     
  4. Will Gilmore
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    Oh!
    I was getting the impression the OP was flexible and just looking for something to turn into a custom coastal cruiser.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     
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  5. comfisherman
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    In his general vicinity is Howard Moe enterprises, he has about 12 acres of hull molds from most of the last 4 decades from almost all the glass companies that have gone defunct in the pacific northwest. He might put a hull out, it will be expensive but if its a good day when you call him you're in luck.

    Wegley makes boats in that size as kit for, last time I priced it was 64k for a fiberglass partial but they would make for a nice little cruiser. And they have hulls that are truck shippable in size.

    Laconner maritime would sell a hull but it was $$$,$$$.$$

    They the various russian orthidox builders are in the pac nw and Alaska, could ship it rather easily. I've one of their hulls, it was crooked, thin and poorly done but was really really cheap. I think the aluminum builders are in oregon and the glass guys in alaska. At any rate a hull would ship rather cheap on the backhaul from Alaska. When I say really cheap, I mean cheap compared to building a 40 foot boat. Home built with even single diesel power with owned tools and minimal fit out would easily hit 200k one would think.
     
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  6. SamSam
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    You can get bare hulls from smaller shops, once you look around and find the hull you want, ask if they will sell a bare hull. As a business, there is little demand for anything like that here in the USA. I imagine relatively few people have any skills applicable to the task plus have the desire, time, money or facilities/tools/space to do it. Structurally, bare hulls are flimsy so a person has to brace and support them so they don't lose shape while they are being transported and finished. One place I worked at had 0ne hull the owner produced and would finish it in whatever configuration people wanted, open, closed, recreational, commercial etc. He did sell a few bare hulls, but he was very forthright in telling the people to not call or come back and ask how to do this or how to do that, he was busy and he wasn't in the boat building instruction business. I would guess there could be possible insurance/litigation problems people don't want to bother with also.
     
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  7. jdray
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  8. DCockey
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    Depends on where in the US and what type of boats. Many lobster boat bare hulls and "kits" which include deck and cabin moldings sold in Maine every year.
     
  9. jdray
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    Sorry for the delayed response, been away a few days. My long term goal is to design what I've described in the thread "An Electric Cruiser". I only have a vague idea of hull shape, and it turns out that some of my "requirements" are not feasible. But the use case is the same. I thought by asking about pre-made hulls, I could get an idea of how to start the overall boat design project with the idea that, starting with a hull, I might be able to actually build one.
     
  10. ondarvr
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    A typical power boat hull may not be your best option when going electric.

    Determine a speed and range with the batteries and motor you plan to use, then design a hull shape to meet the goal, if possible.
     

  11. Will Gilmore
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