Space: I have consumed my entire basement for my boat building addiction. It provides plenty of space for the 10′ – 16′ boats I build. Unfortunately, to some degree, space is one of those things that you either have or you don’t. If you live in an apartment in the city, you’re sunk again. The only option would be to find space elsewhere whether it’s borrowing a friend’s barn, or finding some space you can rent. Otherwise, I’ve seen builders build in their garages, in their living rooms, outside under a tarp, and even on the deck of their 50′ sailboat. You can build a boat just about anywhere the walls, doorway, and ceiling provide enough space for the vessel. (Disclaimer: If you decide to build a boat in your living room and your wife leaves you, I am NOT responsible).
Measure the boat, measure the space, and decide if it’s possible. Keep in mind that sanding generates quite a bit of dust and epoxy does not come off of that 1972 shag carpet. It can be a messy ordeal so be prepared for that. Lastly, once the boat is built, make sure you have the means to get it outdoors. I’ve heard many stories of folks having to cut their newly built boats in half or to cut a hole in a wall to fit the boat out. As Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
To be continued…
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