View Full Version : Ballpark cost estimate for 12.5 Haven?
02-17-2002, 09:41 AM
I have just purchased the book " Building the 12.5 Haven" published by Wooden boat. Now that the juices are flowing and the motivation is there, there is only one thing that stops me from proceeding.... I am trying to get a feel for how much it would cost (US Dollars) to build this boat? Assume a midrange model if you care to estimate. Thanks for all you help!
St. Maragrets Bay, Nova Scotia.
02-17-2002, 02:44 PM
I have no clue how much your boat will cost to build, nor do I know how much experience you may have, but let me give you details on my project to give you some sort of benchmark.
I'm building an 8ft Acorn tender, and I've got about $1,500 US in it now, including workbench, tools, glue, wood and sundries like sandpaper. Mind you, I started with nothing at all, so I have to build many more boats to amortize the cost of tools across more than one boat. smile.gif I expect I'll put in another $100 or so in wood, plus another $200 for the sail by the time it's all said and done.
Aside from tools, wood is the single largest expense I've encountered, and the source of wood (shipping? taxes?) and the species you choose have a very large bearing on how much you pay. Wood is mahogany (four 1x6x10' planks), fir (not purchased yet) and okoume ply (1/4", 2 4x8 sheets.) Epoxy is surprisingly expensive, but critical for my boat. I'd be glad to provide more information if this is the kind of data you're interested in.
Chris, you may want to check out this website
www.havenbuilders.com. (http://www.havenbuilders.com.) There are a number of Haven builders at various stages of building on this very useful site. It ranges from completed boats to just starting with molds, to turning and pouring lead keels.....you name it, you will find it there. Plus there are quite a few very helpful photos that you will not find anywhere else.
As far as the cost, I would ballpark $10,000 and this doesn't include the trailer. Post some questions on the mentioned forum and you will get some good feedback. A friend of mine is keeping a log of hours and cost. He just turned his hull and is now getting ready to finish out the cockpit. He can give you actuals up to that point.
This is a great boat to build and I think you picked a great project.
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