Re: John Welsfords Sundowner
The cost of a boatbjuilding project, both labour and materials is closely related to displacement. Yes the Tiki is lighter, so will cost less in both respects.
But I think that the original Sundowner took a lot longer than it might have as the builder was busy writing the novels that he makes part of his living from, and spent quite a bit that he did not need to. An example of that was a very nice windvane steering system that never did get used as the boat was designed for sheet to tiller steering and that proved to be very workable. Charlie mentioned to me that he sailed for 36 hours at one stretch without touching the tiller so the several thousand involved in the windvane was not needed. There were other expenses in that 80K including accommodation, shed rental and such.
My own estimate is about $30K with a rebuilt diesel and basic fitout, and about 1500 hours of well organised and productive work.
Its a pretty simple build, and there are some areas where in order to bring the build within the bounds of an amateur build has meant that the build method is not the quickest possible.
At the end of it there is a tough little boat that handles and sails well, has full standing headroom, a decent galley, a nav table, separate heads and a monster cargo capacity. All of which makes for comfort when on board long term.
If a client was looking for the cheapest circumnavigator, this aint it, but I'd prefer the comfort.
Originally Posted by IanHowick
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