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Offline akfishdude

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Actual costs to build the hull
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:47:56 PM »
One of the most asked questions from would-be-builders is 'how much is this going to cost to build?"  My original estimate when planning was about 15% too low, just for the bare hull. Here are my actual costs to contruct just the widebody hull, including the few tools I had to purchase. I am just at the stage of putting graphite on the bottom, but have purchased the basic materials for taping, etc once I flip it. Not included are all the other stuff I have yet to purchase (primer and paint, deck and wheelhouse materials, electronics, etc., etc....). I probably could have cut slightly over 2K from the total costs by not buy a kit, not double glassing the bottom, and not going with UHMW.

Actual building costs for 22' Tolman widebody, 2009.   
Prices include shipping to AK, where applicable.   

Skiffkit with stringers             3,525
wood & screws for 6 sawhorses   70
wood for jig, supports               75
wood for rails, framing, etc.        75
1" and 1.5"" UHMW strips         170
SS screws, galv box nails          90

Aeromarine epoxy 15 gallons         1050
10 qts cabosil                           50
10 quarts fibers                       35
5 qts microballoons                       35
10 qts wood flour                         0
1 qt graphite powder                 20

6 oz glass; 38" and 50" rolls         325
10 oz glass; 2x38"25yd rolls          450
10 oz tape 6' x45yds                   90
biax tape 4"x45yds                      80

gloves                                     40
mixing cups                               20
tongue depressers                         5
rollers, roller covers                 100
visqueen                                    35
acetone                                    10
respirator                                    30
2" chip brushes                         25

        TOTAL MATERIALS         6,405

sandvik scraper   40
shop vac    60
slot cutter   25
grinder/sander   60
sanding pad    5
60 grit sandpaper   20


GRAND TOTAL [bare hull cost only]   6,615
« Last Edit: November 04, 2009, 04:34:19 PM by akfishdude »

Offline funhouse

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Re: Actual costs to build the hull
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 07:16:53 PM »
Boy, I"m sure glad I didn't write down all my for the kit, I'd have jumped on that in an instant....even at $2.50 an hour, it would have been a money saver.....Bruce

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Re: Actual costs to build the hull
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009, 07:03:05 AM »
I'm around $7,600 on my Jumbo with the following:
- Skiffkits AB Fir plywood kit with stringers and shelf caps
- All cloth
- 30 gallons of Progressive Epoxy
- A few tools I did not have already
- Building jig

I built the sawhorses from the Skiffkits crate and plan to use almost all of that wood somewhere in the hull.
Made It Jumbo 25
Skiffkits No. 7025 1/2009
Build Start:  3/2009
Hull Flipped: 1/31/2010
Maiden Voyage:  9/16/2011

Offline KenB

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Re: Actual costs to build the hull
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 01:04:10 PM »
That Looks about right.

I went with lumber from Lowes, progressive epoxy, and almost no new tools. I was able to keep it under $3500.

Took me about $10K to get on the water, and $12K to get rigged the way I wanted to be.


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- Dave Nolan (RIP)

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Re: Actual costs to build the hull
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009, 01:58:55 PM »
Plywood, epoxy and glass prices took a dramatic increase in the past few years, so it's really tough for folks to help out on estimating.  I have no doubt if I built my widebody today it would cost me at least $5k more than it did when I finished it 3 years ago.  That's increases in wood, epoxy, glass, paint, marine wire, UHMW, shipping stuff to AK, etc.

Offline Tom Anderson

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Re: Actual costs to build the hull
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 06:33:16 AM »
With my 21'4" Widebody (built in 2000), I had exactly $10,000 including hull, motor, controls, and trailer.  Almost named it "First & Ten" instead of "First Draft".   Seriously.....
Tom Anderson
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Launched in May 2000