The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.04.21 - Yer Pays Yer Money and Takes Yer Choice

I received my first quote for fabricating the tabernacle today. A staggering £240 + VAT and delivery, totalling £333!

The reason for getting it fabricated in the first place was to save me some time, but not at that price. I checked around and found someone who will cut the plates for me including the holes for less than £100 and I’ll buy a small arc welder and weld it up myself. The cleats will be bought and either welded or bolted on and the total cost will be a lot less than the price above and at the end of it, I’ll still have the welder.

I looked at the cost of getting the wire rope rigging made and it looks like the same thing will apply. Getting an expert to do it costs a fortune (relatively) but you can buy the parts and tools and do it yourself for a fraction of the cost. And once you have made your rigging you still have the tools if you need to make more or change something.

The downside, of course, is that this takes time.

So, tabernacle, rigging sails, mast, bowsprit, boom, gaff, decks, cabin, hatches, samson post, running rigging, cockpit, safety certificate, insurance, licences, electrical system, wood dyeing, painting, varnishing more painting, more varnishing…

I’m pretty sure Naiad will not be in the water this season.

Whilst that in itself is slightly depressing, the good news is that not only will I have more time to finish her without rushing but I’ll also have the money!

The tabernacle drawing.

The tabernacle plates.