Why is a kit the economical choice?
The state of the current economy is impacting almost everyone. At the same time, people are busier than ever before.
If you are considering building a boat, you face a nontrivial investment of time and money. A West Satsop CNC kit can help you conserve both.
Time. To do justice to a well-designed boat such as the Pelicano, plan to invest 400 hours if you are building it from scratch. True, it's a labor of love, and many builders don't really count the time, but we think it's important to go into the process with eyes open. Realistically, a kit can save the independent boatbuilder about 100 hours of lofting, cutting, headscratching, fixture building, and "oops" recovery.
Money. West Satsop CNC has relationships with big west coast lumber suppliers and we pass that savings on to our customers. Also, we own tooling that enables us to do tasks that most builders must outsource. Our CNC machine enables us to utilize a very large proportion of our materials - there's very little waste.
Oolichan assembly video
Over the years, we've recieved valid and candid feedback that buyers and prospective buyers would like more visual assembly guidance. I love boats as much as the next boater, but building all of the boats in Sam Devlin's catalog would take more money, space and time than anyone could dedicate.
The answer is building scale models. Our new laser cutter makes this practical.