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Would you buy a boat like this?

Would you buy a boat like this? Topic: Case sheet example
May 25, 2019 / By Anima
Question: I'm trying to make money to build a raft, so I'm building cheaper boats and selling them. I made an ad- http://s359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/... Thanks! I never thought of just stiking some together as the raft! That would save a lot of trouble and time! I think I'll only make about 4 bucks or so on each. I don't know a good price, though. I don't think that is worth that much. They're 4' by 6,' and ply is 4' by 8,' so two side by side would be 8,' and one piece could cover a lot of that, then two more the same, leaving a hole 4,' just the size of a third sheet. Still expensive, though. And a hatch in the ply would make a good sized storage space in a boat, but I still need to sell a few of these to make the money. 1/4 ply would be pretty cheap, but not very strong. Would it hold up?
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Wilmer Wilmer | 8 days ago
What part of Oklahoma? I could see it being useful in the bayous of Louisiana and Georgia, maybe a small pond or stock tank, but I guess Eufala and Texoma are just out of the question. ;) You need a name for your product. "Skeeter" and "Ranger" are taken, but I bet you can come up with something. How bout "Rocket"? Wouldn't it be something if you could find a boat show exhibitor willing to show it in their booth in exchange for a small commission on sales. Can't say for sure, but I bet that boat'll float in less than 18" of water -- I'm thinking 10 maybe 11" * Use only EXT grade ply (exterior) -- interior grade will start delaminating before you get it home almost. * 1/4" won't do for the exterior hull, maybe for some of the interior surfaces (that'll make it lighter, too). 3/8" would probably do the trick. * Since you're making more than one, you might can plan your cuts with less scrap -- for example, if you determine you could use 20% of a sheet of 1/4" for one boat, then one sheet would supply five. * This would add to the cost and weight of the boat, so I'm not recommending for or against, but in case you hadn't considered it, the USCG guidelines for floatation foam are in this PDF: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_s... * Raise your price. If material costs are $60, you need to get at least $80 maybe $90 per copy -- there will be other unanticipated costs that will eat up that $4 margin in no time. Trust me on that. * Another resource for plans, methods, techniques: http://www.glen-l.com Come back and post a link to your website once you get up and running -- I'd be curious to see how it turns out. Good luck.
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Wilmer Originally Answered: Want to buy a sail boat but need help?
Was reading your question and had some thoughts. The following is NOT advice. It is just informal web chat, completely at your own sole risk. Good move on the sailing experience. If you are serious about sailing you might do well to get all the crewing experience and training you possibly can with very experienced captains on their boats. The more experience you get the better. Speaking for myself only. I like to show up at sailing races, make friends with experienced, careful and sober captains and crew with them, I get all the experience I can. Even though I already have my own boat, I still deliberately sail with more experienced captains and I learn much that way, as well as sail my own boat I have had for several years.. Sailing is a little like flying an airplane, you don't (at least not wisely) just get on a plane one one day and take off and fly cross country! Many small steps, and much training lead to a thorough understanding of your plane, how to operate it in a wide variety of conditions, deal with equipment failures, weather problems, operator failures, navigation issues and etc. Same in sailing, there is much training, much paractice, and etc. , then gradually you build confidance to move from a few hours of sailing at a time always in fairly mild lake conditions, to maybe a weekend out on a lake in varied conditions, very, very gradually you build... After a year of two of very frequent weekend protected waters sailing, proving your skills, building your understanding, maybe you take some additional costal sail training and if your boat is capable AND you are well skilled and equipped then maybe you get to the point whare you eventually try a short near costal or protected bay day sail, probably along side with a friend shadowing you on his boat. After much, much practice at that sort of thing maybe you eventually get to the point where you can maybe one day take a trip of 50 or a hundred miles from one near costal harbor to another one but ONLY after a very carefully planned trip and ONLY embarked upon under a excellent weather window, and etc. My point is this: sailing is done in incremental steps, much learning under skilled captain's training, much paractice under mild conditions & building on from that... Although a few folks have up and bought a small boat and set out inexperienced on an ocean sail and lived to tell it, many have most decidedly not...frankly, from my perspective its a very likely way to get "yer self" killed! Most 20 to 25 foot sailboats are NOT made to cross oceans, most 20 to 25 foot boats are for protected waters or at best near costal sailing. There are a very few exceptions...and they are expensive heavy boats (20 ft Flicka, Contessa 26). These are full keel boats and not ones easily pulled behind cars or light trucks. There are however many, many 15 to 25 foot sailboats that are loads of fun to sail on lakes and in protected waters, or for a few of the more selected ones perhaps (maybe) eventually in protected near costal waters, but YOU have to be ready.. as well as your boat. For me, a small very affordable used cruiser, that I have slowly learned to sail under controled conditions (protected waters) has been the ticket to a lot of fun. More than I can say. The adventure factor of a weekend sail on a beautiful inland lake., river, protected waters is HUGE. Boring it is not, at least if there is any wind up. MY ticket to sailing has been to start with a small affordable cruiser, and sail frequently in protected conditions, a lot of fun. Happy sails, but also be wise & careful... Ol Bill Here is a URL to a Sailing chat group for Folks who like small over-nightable Pocket Cruisers: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/sirenow...

Selby Selby
You are to be congratulated for the attempt. In the end the market will decide for you. The price is very specific, are you making a reasonable profit? aim for 30-40% and keep the quality up. Make sure they are glued and screwed so they hang together for a while, and don't leak. When I was a kid we started using exterior grade house paint on our tenders and knock-abouts left at the beach - bluntly it worked as well as the excy marine paints if not left in the sea - we just painted them every year and threw fine sand on the wet paint floor for grip. We used whatever left over paint we could scrounge for free and just used the boats every day if we could. You could use four of them full of plastic empty soft drink bottles with sheets of ply over the top to make a very nice raft pretty cheap. Good luck and have a good Christmas and New Year I hope you do well. Edit Then change the size of the hulls to suit the sheet sizes, you're making them after all! You have to make a fair profit in any business - no matter what the size or scale. If you always work on offering quality and making a fair (not obscene) profit no-one will complain and you will make money. A tiny profit is not worth it, you would have to make 100, and that will cost heaps for the materials. You have to have a couple ready to sell, as most purchases like this will be impulse on the spot cash deals. Selling anything off the plan is hard because few people can actually visualize the thing as real. 1/4" is too thin for the decks without bracing timbers over that span, 3/8 might do, or 1/2 if your budget stretches that far - see this is the kernel of boat designing. Every single decision changes so many other aspects, and balancing all the conflicting requirements is a real skill. http://homepage.mac.com/peterhyndman/Sit... http://www.storerboatplans.com/Pdr/pdr.h... Have a look and a think about these pages - these boats will be much more saleable, sailable, versatile and safer! You might not want a raft! All the best.
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Nelson Nelson
There is a market for small dinghies. I think that if you looked around a little, you could find a much better design than that one you posted. There are free designs at the source sites listed. Have a look and see if you like any of these better. Use the materials specified in the designs and the boat will last.
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Killian Killian
Sounds like a great idea. Have you built one yet? The design is fairly basic and simple. Your price may not allow you enough profit with all your cost and time to build. You need to have one to show - take to fishing clubs, boat ramps and show it off. Good Luck - Boat Safe!
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Hughe Hughe
this end of the market is dominated by inflatables but that design could become a caisson for a dock several of the scows attached by a walkway could be sold as a poor mans dock. there rugged being made of wood possible resin covering for an extra fee for longer life span of the scow possible sales figure of 500-800 bucks should get some sales. these could also be used to make bridges for rural bike paths.
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Hughe Originally Answered: Where can i get to use a boat for fishing?
Hey, I love to fish too. I would rather be fishing than any other thing in the world. I have fished lakes all over Minnesota but I am thinking what if its your method of fishing that doesn't work. The biggest fish I have caught are always caught close to shore.Getting a boat is what you reward yourself with after you have perfected shoreline fishing. How many books have you read about fishing? I hope at least one for every kind of fish there is in Minnetonka. So how many is that 9, 10. After you find out the kind of fish you want to learn the most about you should read books written by pros who make a living fishing for that specie of fish. You will learn secrets like when fishing from shore don't stand near the water, stand far back and fish the shallow waters from a distance that the fish feeding in the shallows can't see you from. Any way I think the dedication to catching fish is there but I wonder about the work involved with learning as much as you can about catching because if it was catching, we wouldn't call it fishing huh? put all the questions in your head about largemouth bass in the white box above then all the questions about walleye, then small mouth bass and musky or pike and perch get started understanding that you will never stop learnming about fishing and the time you take now while young will be better off later when older and you can say that it's been years since I came home without dinner. Go to the library, learning to understand fish and how to catch them is free.

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