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Construction Costs

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Below I have attempted to break down how money leaked out of my pocket on materials for the boat. These are close estimates from quickly going through receipts with multiple items. You should notice that the epoxy costs are by far the largest category here!

Most of my purchases were from West Marine which is the sailing equivalent of a national supermarket chain. As a member of their 'Port Supply' program for the trade, most of my marine purchases (including epoxy, paints, fasteners) were at a 30% discount over their retail prices! - Having said that West Marine is overpriced anyway, and you'd probably be able to find cheaper prices everywhere outside of the exhorbitant San Francisco Bay Area! Other more general supplies were usually cheaper from local hardware stores.

The hardwood was cut locally from fallen 'bay laurel' and 'black locust' trees to provide pieces for the Cross Beam locating Block, Tillers, Cleats, Cockpit Coamings, Dolphin Striker and other pieces.

Plans & Study Plans - $280

Plywood & Lumber - $730

  • 1 Sheet of Meranti BS1088 1/2" Marine Ply - $45 (Ply from MacBeath Hardwoods)
  • 9 Sheets of Okoume BS1088 5/32" Marine Ply - $280
  • Doug Fir - $330
  • Bay Laurel & Locust Hardwood - Free
Epoxy, Filler & Fiberglass (West System) - $1000
  • 6 Gallons - Epoxy Resin & Hardeners - $500
  • Filler - $180
  • Glass Cloth - $250
  • Misc.. syringes, graphite powder, squeegees etc...
Materials (Sandpaper, Masking Tape, Plastic Gloves, Buckets, Plastic Sheet, Tarp) - $200

Fasteners (Copper Wire, Copper Boat Nails, Silicon - Bronze Screws) - $110

Paint, Brushes, Thinner etc.. $210
  • Paint - $180
  • Brushes & Thinner - $30
Sail - $45 (Materials were simply blue tarp sewn together with UV bonded thread)

Trampoline - $75 (Materials from Sailrite)

  • $15 Black Polypropylene Mesh
  • $30 Spur Tool & Hole Punch for Grommets
  • $15 Aluminum Strip
  • $15 Grommets & Webbing & Thread
  • Sunbrella Fabric - 9ft * 40" - $60
  • Shockcord - $15 Shockcord
Standing Rigging - $110

Running Rigging - $430

  • Line - $200
  • Blocks, Fairleads, Cleats etc.. $230

TOTAL - $2950