As stated previously, rather than buy a finished boat we are buying materials and equipment to build the boat ourselves. This is beneficial to us as we actually own what we have bought and benficial to the builder who does not have to fund the build until we take delivery or make a stage payment.
To date we have spent in a year just over £25,000. (recorded to the exact £ on a spreadsheet)
Main items are the restored Gardner engine shown on page 1 and the steel.
The steel was bought in 2 batches as follows.
Hull steel, Jan 2010 £5600 (bought at 15% VAT)
Cabin steel, Dec 2010 £1500 (bought at 17.5% VAT)
The price of steel was expected to rise dramatically in 2010 (it did) so Dave agreed to take delivery and store it for me hence the first delivery in Jan. It was actually laid on the floor under the boat currently in build.
The price of steel has risen as expected so a couple of thousand quid were saved there.
Other items already bought are cooker, saloon stove, back cabin stove, Kabola c/h boiler, portholes, vents, toilet (cassette) as prices rises were forseen and Midland Chandlers discount days occured.
In addition I have all sorts of chandlery squirrelled away around my house and piling up in Dave's way.
Thanks - I do appreciate it.
Another item of interest is the propeller which I bought second hand but in perfect condition from Jim Forster. It was his spare for Hare, his Yarwoods Josher.
Although it was 26 x 19 and I needed a smaller 23 x 17 it was taken back to Crowthers who re set and cut it down to the required size. It looks like new and is currently decorating my hearth so I'll miss that when it goes.