What’s involved in purchasing a boat? Occasionally I have a completed boat or two that are available for purchase. However, the majority of custom wooden boats are commissioned builds. The process for this starts with a conversation to determine what you want in a boat, what the boats primary use will be, and what type of rivers you frequent. This is an important conversation because there’s no point in building a skiff if you spend most of your time running big waves/water, and there’s no logic in building a high sided hull if you spend most of your time fishing on the notoriously windy and flat water of the Missouri River. The beauty of commissioning a custom-built boat is that it is designed specifically for your needs. Details such as length, color, accessories, and trailer needs will also be discussed. Once all the details are hammered out, your build will begin.
I typically build two boats at a time depending on complexity. Any more than that and details can be missed. I will not compromise the integrity of your boat or timeframe for delivery by overextending myself. Like most custom builders, regardless of what’s being built, I will give you as accurate a timeframe as I can as to when your boat will be completed. This timeframe however is not set in stone or guaranteed. With any custom-built project, both the customer and builder need to be somewhat flexible because custom work can often be slow work. I don’t have control over material availability, material cure times, sanding time, paint drying, trailer production time, etc. Also, I’ve found that 99% of mistakes are made when rushing. I won’t rush your project and then spend time repairing my mistakes. I promise your patience and flexibility during the build process will be well worth it when you pick up your new boat. The average time for a completed product is 3-6 months, again depending on it’s complexity.
Order of Payment:
Boats are built in the order of received requests. On occasion, you may encounter a waiting list. If so, a $1,000non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your boat. This deposit will be applied to the cost of the boat once your build has begun. If there’s no waiting list your build can start immediately, and 50% of the agreed upon cost will be due up front. This enables me to buy the necessary materials to begin work.
A trailer payment will be due a month or two before your boats completion. I proudly use Adams MFG out of Shelley, Idaho. As they are also a supplier to ClackaCraft, a wait may exist. Hence the reason for a “month or two.”
Final payment is required upon completion of your boat but you can pick up your new boat at your convenience.