Did a few projects with hydraulics and getting all the hoses made is not trivial expense even not going from one end of the boat to the other
How much to have it cut commercially? not all of his clients may have access to this.
You guys mis-understand the DIY culture that Brent and people like him operate i[n].
I understand it quite well. it is the only way i can afford to sail.
and, what i have discovered in this world of busted knuckles and permanently grimy fingers is that virtually all DIY guys are bullshitters. We don't really think we are bullshitting, but we are.
Some more than others.
because the DIY concept of cost accounting is inaccurate.
That inaccuracy is the only thing that keeps some poor fools going for years on end.
Can you build that crude windlass for "about $100" in "a day."?
No, you can't. And, the builder didn't.
He drove 8 hours round trip to get the stainless, crowing about the savings by picking through scrap bins that cost him $150 or more in fuel round trip to get to. He had parts cut at a friends shop, for free, based on an established relationship that didn't happen in 24 hours. And then he assembled it.
So, 8 hours to get the raw materials, $150+ in fuel, plus the cost of the scrap, plus time spent cutting and fitting and welding and grinding and ...
it ain't $100.
and it ain't 1 day.
It's bullshit. And if you have to rationalize it by multiply by a factor of 3, all you're doing is rationalizing bullshit, because you can find and buy a really decent used manual windlass that will last forever with minimal maintenance and care, in under an hour online and have it delivered to your house for less than $500.
There is ZERO benefit to building winches and blocks and windlasses, unless you want to BUILD it, to say you did it.
And if you're gonna go to the trouble to build it for the satisfaction of having done it, then why not build something that you are PROUD of, that will make someone say, "hey, that REALLY looks great!" , instead of some crude hack that pretends to be cheaper than the alternative...and only looks that way.
I build stuff on the cheap, but at least I don't pretend that looking cheap is a virtue.