Aleutian 70, Global Surveyor
World tested cruising comfort, hurricane tested steel strength.
SELF BUILD KIT
THE ADVANTAGES OF CAD GENERATED PIECE PARTS
The hours already spent on the computer, equate to hours saved in construction.
It is easy, at the computer stage, to modify various aspects within the basic hull form. For instance, superstructure, cockpit position/size, bulkhead number/position, may be varied to personal requirements.
Once the design has been fixed and 'proved' all future kits of parts are easily repeatable.
There is no lofting, transferring of paper plans and cutting. Each operation takes a significant time and carries its own chance of error.
Cutting steel by any means costs money.
The steel is shot blasted and primed. It is submerged plasma cut to prevent distortion and is accurate to +- 1mm. It forms one truck load and is delivered ready for fabrication.
Because the parts are pre-shaped, have built in slots, tabs and locating cuts, construction is easy, foolproof and accurate and can be done by anyone with the necessary welding skills.
The approximate halving of construction time means that it is economic to employ sub-contractors or a shipyard if required, Even for a self builder 'time is money'
The speed of build also minimises corrosion problems and may obviate the need to shot blast on completion.
At the end of the day, the difference in original cost of a kit of parts, against bare steel parts will represent a very small percentage of the overall investment. The market value of the vessel when sold however will largely depend on the integrity and finish of the hull.
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