Boat building presents itself as a fascinating project to undertake. There is something alluring about constructing a mode of transportation out of scratch. Especially one that has such a storied past.
Even though there are plenty of speciality shops in New Zealand and those online that sell off-the-shelf or made-to-order boats, choosing to build one yourself creates the opportunity to be creative and gives you bragging rights among family and friends. However, with boats, there is a lot to consider before deciding to build one.
Before you go out and build the boat of your dreams, ask yourself these questions:
Why build a boat?
Building a boat will take a lot of time, effort, and money. Much like any construction project, it is not easy nor will it be fun and exciting the whole time. If you are not properly prepared for this enterprise, you might end up with an incomplete boat gathering dust in your garage.
In determining your motivation behind this desire, you will be able to drive yourself into finishing it. This will prove to be useful when you are facing problems and obstacles that might discourage you from completing the project.
What is your skill level?
While there is no set skill level needed in order to build a boat, novice builders are more likely to have a difficult time. With the use of power tools included in the process, accidents are prone to happen. If you are a beginner, choosing to take advantage of products and services that will make tasks easier allows you to finish the project in an efficient and safe manner.
These days, there are plenty of hardware shops that cut wood to your specifications. There are also reliable online sources that have free and easy-to-follow boat designs that provide a list of the exact tools and materials needed along with their measurements.
Do you have a design in mind?
The long history of boats has given it plenty of designs you can choose from. From the simple canoe to the sophisticated motorboat, all of these designs are at your fingertips through the internet. However, if you are a beginner, going with a simpler design is advisable as it presents fewer opportunities for error.
Do you have the tools?
To successfully build a boat, you will need a variety of tools. As most of these are speciality equipment, they can be costly. If there is still uncertainty about the permanence of this type of project in your life, consider looking for shops that offer tool rentals instead of purchasing them. Not only will this allow you to significantly reduce expenses, but it gives you the opportunity to get advice from professionals.
Where will you buy the materials?
Depending on where you live, boatbuilding materials are often not readily available at normal hardware stores. For a durable boat, you will need to use marine plywood as this is suitable for prolonged exposure to moisture. Take time to research where you can purchase the materials and supplies you will need in order to accomplish your project successfully.
Are you ready for this project?
Building your own boat presents a formidable challenge that will require patience and drive. By asking yourself if you are ready, you are preparing yourself for this undertaking. Your certainty in taking on this project will work to motivate you when you face obstacles and it will keep you on track when completion and success seem far or impossible.