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Whalewatcher question

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  • Wilderness Voice
    If I understand right, I have one of 3 sets of plans for the whalewatcher. I bought mine from Bernie at CSD. I wonder how much it would cost for materials for
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2009
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      If I understand right, I have one of 3 sets of plans for the whalewatcher. I bought mine from Bernie at CSD.
      I wonder how much it would cost for materials for the whalewatcher. I have harbored (pun) this idea of building it and taking handicapped friends sailing and then having other skipper to do the same. Am interested in any info or experience in construction and use of whalewatcher
      Jim

    • mason smith
      I don t know what the plywood, epoxy, and fiberglass might cost but it could easily be calculated, as could the cost of sails, spars, hardware and lines. I can
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 2, 2009
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        I don't know what the plywood, epoxy, and fiberglass might cost but it could easily be calculated, as could the cost of sails, spars, hardware and lines. I can only say that in finishing Tim Anderson's nice hull (and repairing some damage from rot), and completing and finishing the spars from George Anger's hull, making a rudder and all the mizzenmast and rudder mounting parts, getting a canvas cover made and making a knock-down framework for it, wiring, supplying and mounting all hardware and lines and rigging, plumbing the ballast tanks, etc., etc, I ran up quite a bill for Pat Connor, the patient customer. I'm guessing that it would be $40,000 or more to have someone build and rig another Whalewatcher. Maybe considerably less in Maine where many a better boatbuilder works for less than I do, and many are idle these days.
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