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How Much?

We haven't had many questions for our Ask Someone series of late, but here is a pretty good one. Should you have a question for the top people in the industry, designers, sailmakers, builders, etc., send them in and we'll get them handled for ya. Today's, about design cost is answered by Bob Perry. Enjoy. Q: The Purple Haze project has been very insightful for the process of designing and building a custom boat, but it does ignore one key question (which the author has already pre-empted that he would not answer) - how much does it cost? Now, I know this varies greatly with the type of build, but I'm really trying to find out how much is the design process? If I take a design brief to say, Robert Perry what will I be looking to pay him for say a 38' cruiser racer? cost for a concept design? Cost for actual construction documents? Does he get a cut of the total build cost? What if I want to build a couple of the same design? Maybe questions better posed on the forums, but I thought it might be interesting to put someone on the spot. A:The answer is simple and I have no trouble explaining my own approach to the cost of design. Of course the cost of the design job will vary with the amount of detail required. I like to provide as much detail as possible down to electrical and plumbing schematics. The more detail we provide the more control we have over the project. But it does drive the cost of the design up. Figure a well detailed set of plans will cost between 8.5% and 10% of the cost of the finished vessel. We bill hourly at $100 an hour for most work....

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The Builder

Not many boat builders have accomplished what Eric Goetz has - built some of the best race boats in the world, while building both a successful company and a sterling reputation to back it all up. We spent 30 minutes with him and we hope you enjoy it....

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Juan K

No, not that one, this Innerview is with John Kostecki, one of the most consistently excellent sailors anywhere. His CV is top shelf, and unlike a few others like Cayard or the Bald Ego, we've always liked John, his personality and the way he has gone about being all that in this sport. This Innerview is a lengthy 45 minutes, but there is obviously a million things to talk about and we covered at least some. Enjoy. After you listen, let me know what you think......

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Race For The Earth

This Sailing Anarchy Audio Innerview, brought to you by CST Composites, is on a slightly different subject, the Earthrace project and principal Peter Bethune. We think the effort of racing this radical alternative fuel power boat around the world, while spreading the message of awareness about the world's energy situation and laternative energy sources is a noble one. Once again the Ed talks too much, but we think you'll find this Innerview fairly compelling. Enjoy. Thanks to OceanFilmBoat for the pic....

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