How crowdfunding a new design works

It takes a village...

 

A new boat design takes a lot of work and commitments from people to fund that work. Rather than buy a already-made set of plans or kit, you can help fund a boat by contributing an amount towards the design of the boat. This is akin to what some others do by collecting "preorders" for a new product. You will receive a reward based on the structure below: basically, they receive a set of plans as the reward! To date most customers have helped at the $250-500 price level which has enabled me to finish a design and get it into production. A typical design requires about $2,500 of support and a typical boat is a 4-8 week design project. In the end, plans are shipped out and kits are cut.

$50 level: name recognition on the boat's webpage and an PDF copy of final presentation drawing of the boat
$100 level: previous level, plus 11x17 presentation print of the final boat with sail plan
$250 level: previous level, plus the basic set of plans printed in 11x17's ready to use for building from scratch
$500 level: previous level, plus additional plans, instruction manual, bills of materials and a 5% discount on the plywood kit
$750 level: previous level, plus a oversize construction plan print on 24 x 36 plus additional discounts on epoxy, hardware, and sails.
$1,000 level: previous level, plus 15% discounted pricing on plywood kits and 10% on hardware, epoxy, etc.

 

Sponsorship Levels
 

A couple boats that were recently crowdfunded

Deer Isle Koster: thank you Dan in Durango, Alec in Vermont, James in LA, and Bill in MI!

Deer Isle Koster: thank you Dan in Durango, Alec in Vermont, James in LA, and Bill in MI!

The Calendar Islands Yawl hull #1 built in Minnesota.

The Calendar Islands Yawl hull #1 built in Minnesota.

Caravelle Skiff: thank you Niko in NYC and thank you Ian in Alaska.

Caravelle Skiff: thank you Niko in NYC and thank you Ian in Alaska.

 

FAQ

What do you get out of the deal?

  • Input into the boat you want,  delivered as a kit that "practically builds itself".
  • Discounts on the kits
  • Recognition on website

How do I contribute?

  • You can pay by personal check or with credit card link I provide.

What is the timeline?

  • With enough of a "crowd" or one/two larger sponsors, I can turnaround the design project in 2-3 months