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tunahunter81

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What would you figure is the approximate cost to finish a 24' boat? I have a friend with a solid 24 hull, has done some of the work needed and boat needs to be finished, has engine and shaft and wheel, needs exhaust, its a dry exhaust boat, and needs a lobster top and interior decking, what would a finisher charge? Or what do you think it would take monetarily to do the work myself? Im a carpenter that has intermediate fiberglass skills, would love some input. Cabin top and foredeck are finished as are the gunnels.

Jon
 

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Jon:
I'm a carpenter too, so figure it like a side job, make a list of materials, add in shipping and throw in a couple of extra dollars for hidden costs and double it. Plus whatever you think it's going to take timewise, double that too. Maybe a professional boat builder will chime in and give you a square footage price, but you still need to take into account the level of finish and quality of systems you want. Could be a simple project or become extensive...

Joe D
 

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I was thinking like that as well, The boat is going to be a workboat finish. I do a lot of fishing commercially and want it durable and finished well, but I dont need highgloss gel coat, as nice as it looks, Painted decks and interior dont bother me.

I really am interested in the use of composites, mainly as I dont trust the ability to completely waterproof wood, and I want to only do this job once. Not to mention I will be keeping this hull for a very long time and need it to last. At least using composites on stringers and decking, I think I could do Marine ply for the bulkheads and berths.
 

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I'm no pro by any means, but from what I've read on the forums I visit, wood is an exellent boat building material, BUT it needs to be completely sealed, encapsilated, water proofed, etc. so if you seal the wood properly and pump a few screws or drill a few holes you need to take precautions to prevent water intrusion. Good Luck, sounds like a great project...

Joe D
 
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