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  1. It could be done economically on a large scale with proper design. But why bother if boats are selling. Who said it had to be in one piece?
  2. That's my point, no imagination! 🤣 You are thinking of conventional boats built to sell at a profit. Everything removable, takes thinking outside of the conventional box, it's not rocket science. Partition wall sits on bearers, floor buts up to it, screwed to a strip of ply between bearers, only downside is only one room can be lifted at once, handy for adjusting ballast for ongoing improvements, similar with wall lining.
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  4. Bare shell, nothing fitted, I sourced everything and finished up with a bespoke boat. In some ways it was easier, trying to persuade builders to do things in an unorthodox way would never have worked, there was enough hassle with folk telling me I was doing it all wrong and said it wouldn't work, shaking of heads, for instance some didn't understand why I was going to the trouble of designing the floor and lining to be individually removable in each room, they were genuinely puzzled, it just wasn't done that way. They were wrong so I just ignored them. Looking at the lack of imagination and basic incompetence I can see why folk have probs with their builders. If you want a job doing properly diy is my motto though health probs prevents me doing it now.
  5. Maybe but in our case we finished up with a boat with loads of extras that would have cost much more new and I couldn't possibly find a boat with all the fitout I wanted.
  6. Endless enthusiasm, determination and patience is required IMO
  7. Beware of taking advice, well meaning but listen to it and then make up your mind, as an example I asked a few experienced builders and fitters opinions on ballasting but they all disagreed with each other, I decided to do the maths myself, the result seemed a bit odd and everyone said it was wrong, I trusted my maths and went ahead. On the day of the launch a local boat builder stated a rule of thumb with ballasting and much to my relief it agreed with my findings, hour later Innisfree was floating with a nearly prefect trim.
  8. I knew nothing about boats, We were recently just retired (2002) so I researched for a year, hardly able to sleep for excitement, I then single handed fitted out a new shell from scratch, full time living on site in a caravan age 55. Taking my time to try and avoid costly mistakes it took me almost 2 years to get it on the water, that was all diy with the exception of spray foam. It was an enjoyable but very steep learning curve, fuelled by intense enthusiasm and the support of my amazing wife. The result was 5 happy years as full time ccers. Stay realistic and don't underestimate the effort needed.
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