Hey guys, first off, I know this isn't a boatbuilding forum, but I figured I'd bounce off a few questions off some who may have experience with wooden boats. So to start, I'm thinking of building a fairly simple skiff with an outboard motor and a center console. Construction would most likely be plywood. The question of a frame or stitch and glue is up in the air still. I've got a few skiffs I've been looking at on the web that I like the lines of, some of which even offer full kits to build.
So, my biggest question. Is there a market for selling wooden boats? I did a little bit of research online and found that there really isn't. I'm hoping to find some folks with a different opinion that can tell me there is a small market. I've been doing some estimations on costs to build, and the simplest skiff would cost at least 5k bucks in just materials to build not including motor or a trailer. Add both of those and you're close to 10k. Is it possible to sell a completed 18' skiff that looks great, is super functional and economically friendly for more than 10k?
The reason I ask, I'm fairly young at 22. However, have a huge interest in building boats and enjoy it greatly so far.... I've built from scratch a 16' Cedar strip canoe, that itself cost almost 1k bucks. I will be purchasing a house with a large garage/barn in the near future and am planning on building a boat in it, I would love to build many but I just don't know if I can afford it. I'm able to get the money to build a single boat, but would like to be able to sell it, and then fund a second boat which I would keep for myself.
Basically, I don't want to lose too much money since it is precious and want to build boats more than just as a hobby.
Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated.