I’m thinking I want to build a pico boat… the Selway Fisher Micro 10.
The plans aren’t bad. I wouldn’t recommend them to a first time builder, but this is hardly a first time builder’s typical boat. I don’t know if this represents the usual Selway Fisher level of detail or not. It’s all there, but a lot is left unsaid.
13 sheets of 6mm x $89.75 = $1166.75 21 pounds x 273 pounds
4 sheets 9mm x $99.75 = $399 31 pounds x 4 = 124 pounds.
4 sheets 12mm x $125 a sheet = $500 42 pounds a sheet x 4 = 168 pounds.
total for all plywood: $2065.75. If ordered from CLC, which would be unlikely given my location in Seattle, shipping would be $123 for the first 100 pounds. Total weight = 565 pounds. Approximate shipping price is $615 shipping. Total price of plywood with shipping is $2680.75.
What? How much?
I also checked on Hydrotek BS Maranti from Marine-plywood.us and their prices are about half those above. That’s a significant savings.
And then there’s the epoxy. It doesn’t say how many gallons is required. Let’s guess $300 to $500.
Then add sails, which are rather minimal. Let’s say $500 or less.
Hardware, which can be expensive. Oh, $4oo
Additional wood. $400
Lead for ballast. $200
Mast.. I already have one that should work.
Total so far with these estimates…. about $4700 if I lean toward the most expensive… maybe 2500 bucks less than that if I am lucky.
The world’s most expensive ten foot boat. We’ve officially left the affordable boating experience.
Or have we? It’s all relative, isn’t it. That money is the price of a quite modest used motorcycle…. a fraction of the price of a ski boat…. or any one of so many other ways we spend out money. And what of the thrill of building.. and sailing?
I think I’ll clean out the shop tomorrow… and then… perhaps… begin?
Originally posted 2013-05-28 20:55:58.