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 I would like to build a Tiki 46 in the future.  I have not built a boat before, but my career is that I own and operate a machine shop/ welding shop and  I also run a carpentry business. My question is, would the time spent building one of the following a Tiki 30, 26, 21, first help in  shortening the the build time of a Tiki 46.

Thank you,

Darcy

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Some people find building a scale replica helpful.
Not with your professional experience.


  I have thought about doing it on the computer with Solidworks 3D modeling. But yes I could see a scale replica helping. Thanks.
Penn D said:

Some people find building a scale replica helpful.


 That's a beautiful boat you have. Looks very well built and maintained. 


Björn said:

Not with your professional experience.

After building a smaller boat you will either:

1. Realize you do not want to take on the task and years required to build a larger boat,

or

2. Think that building a smaller Tiki translates into easy building of a larger Tiki (which is most certainly does not),

or

3. Will convince you to save the time and just buy an existing boat.

Regardless, building a smaller Tiki will in no way speed up the process of building a Tiki 46 in any measurable way.

Greetings- I would say no too. You know how to work and how to handle all the tools. You could always get a feel for the epoxy(assuming you are not experienced with that) by building some of the smaller bits first. Are you going to build her in alloy or ply? cheers Brett


I did give alloy a thought before, but from reading some of post on here I could not see any weight savings which I was kind of hoping for.  And enjoy working with wood over alloy, but that being said if I could see a better boat build with alloy of parts of it with alloy I would do that. 
Brett Parker said:

Greetings- I would say no too. You know how to work and how to handle all the tools. You could always get a feel for the epoxy(assuming you are not experienced with that) by building some of the smaller bits first. Are you going to build her in alloy or ply? cheers Brett

Point 1 has always been a concern of mine and then with point 3 over the years I have seen some nice Wharrams sold for not much more than the material cost. But I also think there something to be said for building my own house or boat so as to understand what I am working and living with.  Thank you, Darcy

Budget Boater said:

After building a smaller boat you will either:

1. Realize you do not want to take on the task and years required to build a larger boat,

or

2. Think that building a smaller Tiki translates into easy building of a larger Tiki (which is most certainly does not),

or

3. Will convince you to save the time and just buy an existing boat.

Regardless, building a smaller Tiki will in no way speed up the process of building a Tiki 46 in any measurable way.

No, with your backround go straight for the 46; I have a similar backround, built my first Wharram in the 70s, now building a 46footer. Go straight to it , man! 

Incidentally, you will not get your investment back in money, imho. If you still are undecided about purchasing the plans, I would advise you to choose a more contemporary design. If interested, ask me back for details..

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