West Satsop CNC

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The new West Satsop CNC shop is coming together! With the help of Enterprise for Equity and Grays Harbor PUD we're making building improvements to improve our energy efficiency, and in a 10,000 square foot facility, everything helps. Triple bottom line is a big part of our business mission and these shop improvements help us honor that commitment.

About West Satsop CNC

West Satsop CNC prides itself on uncompromising quality and innovative design. In addition to boat kits shipped all over the world, we make signs, flat-pack furniture and cabinetry.

FAQ Before buying

Why is a kit the economical choice?

The state of the current economy is impacting almost everyone. At the same time, people are busier than ever before.

If you are considering building a boat, you face a nontrivial investment of time and money. A West Satsop CNC kit can help you conserve both. 

Time. To do justice to a well-designed boat such as the Pelicano, plan to invest 400 hours if you are building it from scratch. True, it's a labor of love, and many builders don't really count the time, but we think it's important to go into the process with eyes open. Realistically, a kit can save the independent boatbuilder about 100 hours of lofting, cutting, headscratching, fixture building, and "oops" recovery.

Money. West Satsop CNC has relationships with big lumber and epoxy suppliers and we pass that savings on to our customers. Also, we own tooling that enables us to do tasks that most builders must outsource.

Our CNC machine enables us to utilize a very large proportion of our materials - there's very little waste... just enough to keep our shop cozy and warm.   

Also, we live in timber country. Our massive rainfall has one great side-benefit; lumber.

This is a load of Port Orford Cedar obtained from a nearby homeowners yard. We actually rescued it from being cut into firewood. It was a quite old tree and will yield some really spectacular lumber once we've carefully cut it to our particular boatbuilding needs on our own sawmill and patiently air dried it to the optimum moisture content for boatbuilding. 


We got the above logs for a very good price, and we pass those savings along to you. Consider that lumberyard Port Orford costs more than $6.00/bf (a 1" thick board 12" wide x 12" long) and you begin to appreciate how much a West Satsop CNC kit can save you. 

From local forests we regularly get Maple, Oak, Cherry, Red Cedar, Port Orford Cedar, Yellow Cedar, Spruce, Douglas Fir, Alder and Hemlock.

How long should it take?

Most of our builders are amateurs, and we're proud that with our help, and that of our involved community of owners have turned out very nice and useful boats. It's a very rewarding activity.

... but it's not instant gratification.

One of our 8' prams could be constructed in as little as 40 hours or as much as 120, depending on the level of attention to final finish. (We have found that the best way to make a boatbuilding project rewarding is to do as neat a job as possible early in the construction so as to minimize sanding and fairing at the end)

One of our 18' Pelicanos might take between 150 and 300 hours, depending on skill and attention to detail.

What's included in my kit?

We understand that a boat is a big investment, even if you build it yourself. That is why we've created a menu which enables you to buy the kit in logical stages so that you can manage your investment as your project proceeds

Stage 1 is the plans

Stage 2 is Sam Devlin's book "Stitch and Glue Boatbuilding, the Sam Devlin way" 

Stage 3 is a model kit, cut from appropriate materials to build a one-quarter scale. This kit includes the cut out plywood parts  to create a nice-looking model, large enough to give you an idea of what boatbuilding is about.

Stage 4 is the construction jig, the bulkheads, the transom and hull panels.

Stage 5 is the wire, stainless screws epoxy, tape, and wood flour requried to construct the boat to "rollover ready"

Stage 6 is the cloth and epoxy required to sheathe the outside of the hull

Stage 7 are all the plywood parts needed to finish the interior, such as cockpit and cabin soles, cabin sides and decks.

Stage 8 is all the epoxy and cloth to finish the topsides

Stage 9  is a hardware kit, including cleats, hinges, trunnions, chafe guards, etc.

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