Mold Share ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by noeettica, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member

    Could this work ?

    One person Builds a Plug then a mold ... Then "Club" members pay $500.00 to build 1 boat out of the mold , Each boat is "Home Made" and can be registered as such ...

    Eazy Peezy or Not ?
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Home built is home built.
    If the mold is in your garage and you pay for the materials, provide the labor
    then you are the builder and apply for title as such.
    The certificate of builder has a section regarding hull construction type,
    you simply fill out the portions that apply.

  3. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member

    Cool 20 people build boats Mold maker gets 10 K :) sweet ...
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    All it takes is for one home builder with no experience to ruin a mold.
    Improper polishing of the mold before gelcoating.
    Wrong or contaminated wax used or not enough applications.
    Forgetting to use parting film (mold release agent - pva )
    Wrong tools used to separate hull from mold after layup.

    Don't ask me how I know... :-[   ;D
  5. The_Skiff_Shop

    The_Skiff_Shop Well-Known Member


    And you forgot to deduct the cost of the plug and mold, even if it's only materials.  That profit margin your seeing is getting very slim, possibly down to $3 / hour. ;)
  6. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    Actually no, As I have been finding out recently the USCG considers a homebuilt from a mold to be one-off. Meaning if you pull more then one hull from a mold then you must be registered as a builder even if you are just renting out the rights. Don't forget it will also take 5-10k just to design and build a plug/mold.
    Plus there is no way to predict, or guarantee the layup schedule someone else may use, or there skill, but since you will be renting the mold out, ultimately even though they will be building the boat, the liability will stay with you.
    I get what you are trying to do, but it's both not technically legal or worth it it anyway.
  7. skinny_water

    skinny_water Well-Known Member

    x3. And repairs to molds don't cost hours of labor... It's days or weeks.