Why do I have an economics graph on my boat building website?


I am up against a bit of a problem. The Australian Dollar is rapidly increasing in value with the US dollar. Traditionally the OZ dollar is around 70 to 80 cents, but the last few weeks it has been zooming up to be an almost dollar for dollar swap.

Storer boat plans price rise?

As I do most of my business in the USA this means I might have to consider raising my prices eventually. But I will hold them down and hope people will keep buying – I know lots of people are doing it tough. But I do need to tell you that Storer boat plans are the cheapest they will ever be.

We have some great boats for hard economic times.

Cheap DIY sailing boat.

The OzRacer plan is only $20 and is the best and most detailed boat plan you will ever see (probably). It even covers making the sail, making it possible to build an OzRacer (formerly Oz PDRacer) for $300 to $600 for the base materials. It is a really excellent little sailing boat that punches high in efficiency and “feeling just right” on the water.

Cheap DIY canoe - easy to build

Rather than buying a fibreglass canoe, the Quick Canoe design ($30) is based around cheap and simple construction. Again the plans are detailed – the boat is lighter than a fibreglass canoe and only takes a weekend or two to build. Some have been built in USA for a cost of around $125 to $200. Try getting a decent ‘glass canoe for that money!

The OzGoose is a 12ft version of the OzRacer using the same sail, mast, rudder and centreboard – everything is the same but a different hull for more space.

A canoe or a small sailing boat is a great way of spending pleasant recreational time without spending lots of money. Some have used both these boats to get out and about.

See a list of cheap but detailed boat plans by Michael Storer

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5 thoughts on “Why do I have an economics graph on my boat building website?

  1. I think your plans are worth an extra amount if it comes to that. We’ve used MIK’s plans teaching with kids and as a tool for volunteers working with the kids and I have learned some tricks from his plans too. Now that I am writing my own plans/manuals for my kits, I really take the time to make them enjoyable to read. I figure if people want to take them on a car ride, to bed, or to the bathroom to read, then I’ve done a good job. I’ve found the plans to be like that.

  2. Christophe aka Callsign222 says:

    For those wondering about real world experience, my Quick Canoe came in at 55 lbs– easily 30+ lbs lighter than a comparable FB canoe! And it cost me $60 in plywood, $30 in paint, and I used available lumber around the house for the rest! In a word, cheap and good. $125 – $200 is definitely a very realistic goal!

    • Hi Christophe,
      Thanks for the nice comments.

      The weight will depend on the weight of the ply chosen more than any other factor.

      Thanks for dropping by

      • Christophe aka Callsign222 says:

        I should have been clearer– I used vinyl flooring underlayment, “sureply,” in the US that will provide a boatbuilder with 5 years of pleasure at least– it’s about $20 a sheet, but it’s heavier than something nicer and more marine oriented such as Okoume, which I would highly suggest as well if one wanted to build a Quick Canoe to last and be less weight than my cheap build.

      • Exactly right Christophe,

        The Quick Canoe is meant to be a cheap build. Instead of buying a fibreglass lump that would usually be twice the weight it makes sense for this “quick and dirty” boat to get cheap but durable ply.

        To have the basic cost covered for $60 is pretty cool!

        If it was the much more “flash” Eureka, it wouldn’t make so much sense to go for cheap materials.


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