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.
Most of our builders are amateurs, and we're proud that with our help, and that of our involved community of owners have turned out very nice and useful boats. It's a very rewarding activity.
... but it's not instant gratification.
One of our 8' prams could be constructed in as little as 40 hours or as much as 120, depending on the level of attention to final finish. (We have found that the best way to make a boatbuilding project rewarding is to do as neat a job as possible early in the construction so as to minimize sanding and fairing at the end)
One of our 18' Pelicanos might take between 150 and 300 hours, depending on skill and attention to detail.