New Website: O'Neil Boats

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  1. powderpro

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    For a while now I've wanted to create a simple website showcasing my new boat builds. Since 2010, I have launched 11 new boats and helped with another new build. 12 new boats in all. The website is definitely a work in progress, but I have enough on the site to publish it. I figured some of you may be interested in taking a look and telling me what you think. In the BOATS section I hope to upload 5-10 pictures per boat, with details about the build; like engine, trans, prop, speed, etc. Here is the site www.oneilboats.com
     
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    nice boats. How do you find time to fish and build boats
     
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    Lots of hours and working 6 days a week. Fishing season is about 50-55 days total, so lots of time to do other things.
     
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    I have a question that i think has been asked before but couldnt find it. On those Wegley's do you have to have them add that 8 or so inches to the sheer or is that the way the lay up the hull ? Optional ?

    Oh yeah your site is going to keep you busy !! :)
     
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    Try smiling.
     
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    He's selling Boats Jerry, not himself. :)
     
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    Probably most commercial guys would prefer he didn't.

    Good Job on the site.
     
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    Am I missing something?
     
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    The vertical sheer is part of the mold, and part of the standard layup. Deep boats, big hold capacity.
     
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    Just being a smart ass.
     
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    I figured... I'll try smiling more :)

    Yes, definitely boats, nothing else.
     
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    I just checked out the site. Those are some serious battle wagons. I want one...
     
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    I like the performance numbers, I wouldn't expect any less from you. One suggestion is maybe posting a "cost to build" on the respective builds. That is something that gets asked a lot, as you know.
     
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    Nice looking boats. Nice website.
     
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    I've just updated the BOATS section, and over the next week hope to get all my new builds into that section. Keep checking back, I think you will enjoy the pictures as I update the site.

    The problem with performance numbers is sometimes they change quite a bit with these boats, especially the 32'. I don't want to post a lot of performance numbers, because what I saw at sea trial and how they perform in everyday use, can be different. Customers add weight and do other things that tend to diminish performance, so I will probably keep performance numbers to a minimum. Also, posting a "cost to build" can also be very misleading, as some of these boats were not "turn-key". 4 of the 11 builds were outfitted by the customer, I built and sea trialed the boat, but they added their hydraulics, electronics, deck gear, mast. So I really can't give an accurate price of what the boat eventually cost. Also, prices of material and equipment is constantly going up, so saying a boat sold for $300k in 2011, would be an unrealistic number in 2018. The new boat that was $300k in 2011 would be about $360k in 2018. Just figure a 3%-5% increase every year in the costs to build a boat.
     
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    Nice website. All functionally beautiful boats. Liberty (the Wesmac) is stunning, the top looks great.
     
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    Too bad your boats are so ugly.......:D


    I keep toying with the idea of you building a Wegly in sport fishing trim with.
    Would be a cool boat, no one would have on the east coast.

    What are the differences between the 32' and 37' hulls?
     
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    The closest thing to a Wegley in the downeast boat would have been the 35' RP. Big sterns, high sheer, made for packing weight, and lots of volume. They pound more in a head sea, but every other sea condition they excel in. They also are not the fastest boat with the full bow, but keep the weight reasonable and well balanced, and a 37' can cruise at 19-20 knots with 480-500hp.

    A sportfishing 37' Wegley would be really cool, lots of deck space-about 18' from aft cabin bulkhead to stern.

    The 37' mold was the original design/mold. In order to build 32' Bristol Bay boats (law only allows 32' length in the Bay), they would dam off the stern 5' in the 37' mold to create the 32'er. Eventually, probably in the mid-late 80's they built a separate 32' mold. So the designs of the 32' and 37' are identical. The 32' mold differs from the 37' because it also has the prop tunnel for reduced draft (Bristol Bay is very shallow in most areas), added 8" of vertical sheer, and has reverse chines.

    In my opinion, the only reason really to build the 32' model is for use in Bristol Bay's salmon fishery. The 37' is a more efficient boat, fits a bigger prop, more comfortable, and better in a head sea. And the 37' will actually be slightly faster with the same power. Cost to finish a 37' isn't much more than a 32' apples-apples. The kit is about $11k more, material might be $4k more, and labor would probably be $4k more. So for $19k you have a lot better boat in my opinion.

    Problem with the 32' is when it gets a little weight in it, the waterline is so short, it tends to squat in the stern and kills speed and efficiency. The 37' doesn't squat and runs at a much better and more efficient angle.

    Send a deposit and we can be launching it late Spring 2019. :)
     
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    My dad finished this 37' Wegley "Augustine" in 1990. Structurally, the boat is 100% original and still fishing...hasn't had the easiest life but is still going strong with the new engine. This boat was my dad's pride and joy, he built and fished her 3 seasons, then sold it. Lots of good memories of this boat, I was 11 yrs old when my dad finished it, glad one of my best friends now owns it. The current owner repowered with a 500hp C9 Cat and tops out at about 25 knots, easily cruises 20-21 knots. I took this pic in 2014, she moves along nicely.
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    I've done some website updating the last couple days, lots of new pictures and videos of recent builds. Still have 4 more new boat builds to put on the site.
     

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