OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

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OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by Garnett » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:28 am

Hello there. I'm making my first tentative enquiries about boat building and I am looking for advice on three broad areas.

Having followed George - gstanfield - over from another forum, I thought I'd see what people thought here.

I'm after a simple build boat to carry a very infrequent maximum 6 people (usually 1-3) around the harbour, between small islands, and around the coast in pretty sheltered water around the south coast of the UK.

I initially started out looking at a flat bottomed boat design from another site that doesn't really offer any vee-shaped hulls around the 16-18ft size.

Although the boat won't be used in bad weather, some passengers in particular are very adverse to bumpy rides. That said, the boat needs to be fairly stable for the same passengers!

I was thinking a Outboard Skiff 17 sounds ideally suited. What do people reckon? Are there other models more suitable?

Also, I am sure I wil love the process of building the boat, but I've got to pursuade others who at this moment in time are more concerned about cost and time.

I know these things are akin to "how long is a ball of string", but...

There are 3 of us that would work on the project - solely weekends, but all weekend - with various skill levels from me, inept, to a professional carpenter. What sort of time would we be looking at for a basic finished boat?

Lastly (yes, that's right, his ramblings do end!) is there a cost saving to be made? How much do these boats end up costing compared to similar commecially available vessels?



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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by Uncle D » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:56 am

Hi and welcome. I won't commit about what boat to use for your situation, but as for cost I'd say at least half or better that a production boat, not counting time. Now I think that's just a bonus cause you and your friends will do a much better job building your own than what a company will build in most cases. Plus It's just cool to say "we built this boat" :wink:

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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by tech_support » Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:18 pm

OB17, OB19, C17 there are many that would fit the bill.

Three people will not be much faster than two for a boat this size, there is only so much you can do at once. For a work boat finish, i think you could build one in under 6 months, even with taking a few weekends off. I built the Fs17 in about that amount of time, while working a couple hours each afternoon

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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by Garnett » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:05 pm

Three people will not be much faster than two for a boat this size, there is only so much you can do at once.
So you're sayingthat at any one time one of us can be drinking?

Thanks for your replies. I think The OB17 is looking like the right model. There's so much info on here!

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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by gstanfield » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:23 pm

If you designate yourself as shop foreman you can be the one drinking all the time :lol:

I think a workboat can be built in even less than the 6 months (24 weekends) that Joel suggested. It would require you to plan things so that you had one project to work on while the epoxy was drying somewhere else, but it wouldn't be too hard really. The part that will slow you down a tad is all the pictures we need of the build taking place :wink:

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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by Garnett » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:38 am

Thanks George. If we go ahead with this project I'll be sure to take loads of photos - I'll need to, to show you all what all my questions wil be about!

I've done a costing on the bill of materials for the OB17 (and have been revising it each time someone in the thread points out changes that are needed):

Plywood 4x8' (122x244cm)

1/4" (9mm Gaboon throughout BS 1088 Marine Plywood) 7@£51.76=£362.32 ($600)
3/8" (9mm Far Eastern 1088 Marine, with non specific veneers) 5@£31.28=£156.40 ($260)
1/2" (9mm Far Eastern 1088 Marine, with non specific veneers) 4@£45.11=£180.44 ($300)
Plywood Total : £699.16 ($1160)

Fiberglass (totals)

6" Biaxial tape (200 mm 450g Biaxial tape) 127 yards (Full roll (83 mt approx) = £85.00 ($140)
4" Woven tape (Fibreglass Tape – 175g X 100mm) 31 yards (1x50m@£13) = £13 ($30)
50" 12 oz Biaxial fabric (1.25m 450g Biaxial cloth) 22 yards (20m@£2.95) =£59 ($100)
NOTES: same weight triaxial cloth would add £32 ($55)

Resin

Epoxy, total 15 gallons (2x30 liters WEST SYSTEM Epoxy Resin C Pack (30kg)) =£572.40 ($840)
Fibreglass and Epoxy Total (inc p&p) : £842.60 ($1,350)


Total = £1,541.80 ($2,520)
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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by TomW » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:57 am

Garret Steve292 finished an FS17 a year ago so he may be able to help you find the best prices on what you need for your OB17. It's always good to have a network in your country to help each other. I hope this works but here is his email address. Well it did not so go to his site and email him from there. Good luck on your build and I think you will enjoy it.

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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by Garnett » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:02 am

Tom, thanks a lot for your reply - very useful. I'll see if Steve can help.

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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by TomW » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:18 am

Glad to help my only concern was the 1/4" as it is the bottom and sides and take the pressure from the pounding of the boat especially the bottom. Steve can probably tell you the difference. There has been a lot of 1088 coming out of SE Asia that is not up to 1088 standards. I guess I'm saying buyer beware. :D

Have a good day and talk to you later. :wink:
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Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Post by Garnett » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:35 am

TomW wrote:My only concern was the 1/4" as it is the bottom and sides and take the pressure from the pounding of the boat especially the bottom.
Ahhhh. The BoM for the OB17 says that you need:-

7 sheets 1/4
5 sheets 3/8
4 sheets 1/2

And goes on to say "Our recommendation is to use 6 sheets of marine ply for the outside parts and for the inside, quality exterior with no voids".

I wasn't sure which sheets that applied to and pessimistically assumed the thickest! I'll go back and swap it round in my costing.

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