Many people choose to build their own boat rather than purchasing a new one to save money. Building a boat from scratch can be a rewarding experience, but it is not an option for everyone. Not only is building a boat from scratch an extremely challenging endeavor but it can also be time consuming. Using only boat plans to guide you, you will need to purchase, cut, and shape the wood pieces for your boat. Building a complex boat from scratch can take years unless you have a team of helpers. If you do not have the time, patience, or building experience to start from scratch you can purchase a wooden boat kit, which will guide you through the boat building process. You will still save a ton of money compared to buying a new boat, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you built it yourself.
How to Choose a Boat Kit
Some people make the mistake of thinking they need to be an expert to build their own boat, but most people can successfully build a boat when using a kit, even if they do not have any previous woodworking experience. You can find a wide range of wood boat kits available online. When purchasing a wooden boat kit, choose a reputable company, even if it costs a bit more money than a smaller dealer charges. Some successful manufacturers even list customer success stories on their websites and include pictures of the boats their customers have built. While some companies openly list information about their boat kits online, others require potential customers to purchase a boat kit catalog for further details. Instead of spending money to find out how much a company charges for boat kits, choose a more transparent company that offers online information or information via a customer service phone number or email address.
What Items a Kit Should Include
When considering which kit to purchase look for a boat building kit that offers a clear, step-by-step guide that you can easily follow, and a list of all the tools and items you will need in order to complete your project. Kits should include a complete set of boat plans, a manual, easy-to-understand diagrams, and photos or instructional DVDs. Beginners should choose a kit that includes all of the wood you need to build the boat as well as sails, rigging, etc, if needed.
Coming Together To Build a Boat
Building a boat is a great family or father and son project. Scout troops or students can learn a lot by working as a team to build a boat. Since you can order an easy, moderate, or challenging boat kit, you or your group can decide how much of a challenge you are willing to undertake. A small canoe style boat would be a simple project for a group of beginners to complete, while a larger motor powered model would probably be challenging for most. Whether you build a boat by yourself, with your family or friends or as part of a group, you will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment once you have completed the project.