Our data base is designed to provide realistic cost estimates for all of the boats on our range, for construction by professional yards, and owner builders alike.
We work in an international environment and this introduces some complexities that have to be taken into account in this costing process. Different components come from different countries, some
through distributors and agents, some direct from the manufacturer in the country of origin.
Components and parts that are available locally already have shipping costs and import taxes built in. Those that have to be imported do not. Prices vary with shipping costs, freight forwarding fees and currency fluctuations.
For some components, deck hardware and sails for example, there is any number of suppliers and manufacturers to source from. Sometimes the supply source is determined not only by the purchase price but whether the components can be consolidated in a container for shipping with other components.
To make it more complex there is a wide range of choice in models and styles of equipment. Mauri Pro lists five brands of winches to choose from. Just one brand, Harken lists eight model ranges on the Mauri Pro web site, and a range of sizes in each model.
So how much does a boat cost? A production builder can tell you right off because they have a fairly consistent range of options to choose from, they are producing boats on a regular basis and
they need to be on top of it.
We operate in a more flexible environment than production builders which is great because it gives the customer more choice and the opportunity to build a state of the art design, but it makes it harder to know exactly what is going to go on or in the next boat, when it will be ordered and if it is being owner built or contracted to a yard.
This is not intended to be a detailed specification for your next boat. We do that by working with you if that's part of your project requirements. But it is a starting point for planning your own project.
In order to provide advice on boat building costs we take the following steps to arrive at the price.
1. The numbers are quoted in US dollars.
2. Wherever possible we select from known brands and use suppliers and brands we know and trust.
3. We don’t know where you are, so shipping costs and import taxes are ignored.
4. To keep things simple we use the advertised retail price and disregard bulk discounts, trade prices or special deals.
5. We make decisions about quality of equipment based on what we believe an informed buyer would choose, analysis of the products' features and design qualities, and our experience. It is always possible there are good options we haven't listed.
6. We break down the cost into eighteen categories for analysis.
These are listed below.
03 SAIL CONTROLS
04 WINCH PACKAGE
05 HATCHES, PORTLIGHTS, WINDOWS
06 ANCHOR AND WINCH
08 ENGINES, ELECTRIC DRIVES AND PROPS
09 PLUMBING AND FUEL
11 GALLEY AND REFRIGERATION
12. ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING
13. ELECTRONICS and NAV
15 PAINT AND FINISH
17 BUILDER ESTIMATE
18 DESIGN, PLANS FEE
1. COMPOSITES (DuFLEX KIT)
The price we indicate is based on a comprehensive CNC cut DuFLEX kit from ATL Composites in foam/glass/epoxy and includes a lot of ancillary equipment.
A list of kit inclusions is provided in the build section here.
In some cases we have recent quotes for kits to work from, in other cases we can provide a reasonably accurate estimate based on recent quotes. In every case we can only provide the builder or owner with a firm price for the kit after we have finalised the design of the kit and submitted the cutting files and laminate specifications for quoting.
We work with you to determine what is in and what is out.
•Composites materials package - no CNC routing (less expensive than a routed kit)
• Full routed carbon kit
• Comprehensive custom designed interior fitout.
•Laminates and engineering compliant with CE or other certification body.
Non rotating aluminium rig with lowers from Allyacht Spars in Australia. The primary components include mast, boom. standing rigging, running rigging, electrical hardware, headsail furler and lazy jacks.
The bow pole (spinnaker section) and mast winches are listed as optional items. If an alloy forebeam is being used this will be included in the pricing as an optional item.
The rigging specified is SS Hamma Pro. Synthetic rigging from a company like Colligo is a viable option.
1. Rotating alum. wing section if a suitable section if available for the boat in your size range.
A carbon single spreader rotating wing section or fixed carbon mast with lowers. The cost of a carbon rig from a major supplier is about three times the cost of an alloy rig.
There are many optional items large and small involved in the design and specification of any rig and the design must coordinate with the deck layout and sail plan.
3. SAIL CONTROLS
A selection of deck equipment for our standard deck layout. We generally specify Harken and or Lewmar at catalogue prices. Dinghy lifting tackle and daggerboard controls are not included in the
Custom Deck plan with hardware selected to suit owner's preferences.
4. WINCH PACKAGE
Harken Aluminium Self Tailing Winches, 7 in the standard deck package. The additional price you pay for an aluminium winch is minor compared to the weight saving.
Choose from a wide range of brands, styles, and sizes, electric or manual to suit your deck layout and the way you wish to sail.
5. HATCHES, PORTLIGHTS, WINDOWS
4 x size 30 deck hatches, 2 x size 50 deck hatches, 6 flush mitre portlights for hull sides.
Acrylic windows in cabin sides, glass in front window.
Folding doors in aluminium frames in cockpit bulkhead.
Larger hatches, flush hatches, more hatches, ventilation systems, customised windows with or without portlights in the hull sides.
6. FENDERS, ANCHORS, DOCKING
One CQR primary anchor, One Delta secondary anchor, Lewmar electric windlass, gypsy, footswitch, anchor chain and rode, anchor bridle, 6 mooring cleats. Anchor bridle.
4 mooring lines (length varies with boat length). 4 Fenders
Additional ground tackle and different anchor styles for deployment in different weather zones and areas with different holding characteristics
We recommend composite stanchions sourced from C SPAR in New Zealand. They have pricing on their web site.
Their 800mm stanchion with acetal tip weighs 385 grams. Composite stanchions can be mounted over composite spigots or in sockets
Save a little bit of money and use stainless steel stanchions. You run the risk of seeing rust on your shiny metalwork in a relatively short space of time.
A typical SS stanchion weighs 800 to 900 grams and is only slightly less expensive than a composite one.
8. ENGINES, ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEMS AND PROPS.
CHOOSE BETWEEN DIESEL ENGINES FROM YANMAR OR AN ELECTRIC REGENERATIVE SYSTEM FROM OCEANVOLT
DIESELS - OUR SPECIFICATION
2 x Yanmar sail drives. The price includes fibreglass bed, folding props, muffler, waterlock, controls.
ELECTRIC POPULSION SYSTEM FROM OCEANVOLT
Full regenerative electric drive and generation system from Oceanvolt.
Folding marine props from one of the leading suppliers, Flexofold.
9. WATER AND FUEL SYSTEMS
2 Fuel tanks (volume varies with boat size)
4 Fresh Water tanks (volume varies with boat size)
2 bathrooms standard all cats 40' and over.
2 Electric flush toilets, 2 showers with pressure hot water system and electric sump pumps.
2 Hand basin with water faucet.
Fresh water shower in transom
Black water tank and bilge pumping system.
Saltwater deck wash.
Pressurised hot water to hand basins.
The first decision to make is whether to have one or two helm stations and whether to use a link bar to connect them. Two helm stations are preferred is the budget allows for it and the link bar helps to keep things simple.
The second is to choose from the steering systems below.
OUR SPECIFICATION is for hydraulic steering with two helm stations and a link bar.
WHAT'S POSSIBLE? see below.
1. HYDRAULIC DRIVE
Some hundreds of our cats are sailing with Hydraulic steering systems and the design of these systems has improved markedly over the years with much improved feedback to the helm. We recommend Hydrive based in Australia.
PUSH-PULL ROD & TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS
A well designed push pull rod or transmission system gives more direct feel to the helm.
Jefa have a some good illustrations of proposed systems and the pricing on their web site. Lewmar have similar systems in their catalogue.
3. VECTRAN CABLE
Jefa propose an open wire cable system for catamarans on their web site and have very good presentation graphics.
Their system uses SS wire. We believe Vectran is a better solution for catamarans but in either case care needs to be taken to check and adjust cable tension on a regular basis.
11. GALLEY AND REFRIGERATION
3 Burner gas cooktop with flame shut off safety device.
12v. Eutectic front opening fridge (Isotherm or Icer), 12v freezer.
SS sink and drainer with mixing tap.
2 x 4.5 kg LPG gas bottles in cockpit locker
Fully customised kitchen design with oven.
Additional icebox or freezer capacity in cockpit.
12. ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING
House battery bank, engine start batteries, DC electrical switch panel with circuit breakers, DC electrical wiring, BEP battery monitor.
Reading light and cabin light in all sleeping cabins.
Overhead lighting in saloon and cockpit.
Lights in bathrooms.
Full AC system with gen. set in forward hull compartment.
Aircon in sleeping cabins.
High quality high fi system with speakers in saloon and cockpit.
Solar cells mounted on aft mounted dinghy bar and wired to main system.
Watermaker, Washing Machine.
LED courtesy lights in cockpit.
13. ELECTRONICS AND NAV.
Speed/Depth Raymarine ST60
Wind Raymarine ST60
Multifunction Display/Plotter Raymarine A70
Autopilot ST7000 Hydraulic
VHF Raymarine 49E
Full navigation package to owner's specification.
150MM (6") Upholstered mattresses on all beds.
Shelving and cupboards with clear timber or laminate finish to owner's choice.
Upholstery to saloon seating to owner's choice.
Cabin light and reading light
Custom designed cabin work with choice of finish.
Laminate or timber floors throughout.
15. PAINT AND FINISH.
Quality two pack paint system such as International
Includes non skid, anti foul, boot striping. The price we indicate does not include the services of a specialised painting team.
High end paint system such as Awlgrip.
Vinyl wrap graphics on the hulls.
Timber or Laminate floor coverings in cockpit and transom steps.
Fully battened square top main with three reefs.
Self tacking headsail on Profurl furling system.
This area of the specification probably offers a greater range of choice and cost variation than any other sector in the boat, depending on how many sails you settle for and the quality of the various fabrics.
The furling system for headsails will also affect the cost.
17. BUILDER ESTIMATE.
This element varies a lot depending on the build method and the prevailing overhead costs and wage rates in the country you are building in.
Generally speaking builders in countries with higher infrastructure costs often have efficient building systems in place that can reduce build time and help to offset the higher overhead costs.
However this is not always the case. Building with kits is a greater advantage where infrastructure costs and wages are higher. The figure we indicate for a complete boat is from Latitude 8 in
Thailand. Other builders may quote higher or lower figures.
18. DESIGNER, PLANS FEE
Includes the drawings, general build documentation, electronic cutting files (or physical patterns if required) and consultation.
Boats that have to be certified under CE or other notifying body may require additional design fees for engineering and compliance documentation.
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