No doubt many of us have already experienced the sticker shot at the lumber yard, or big box store of the price of wood. A 20 buck piece of plywood is now around 60 bucks. Triple the cost. Teak is now around $30 a linear ft. 30 Bucks. A 6 ft board.. 180 bucks!!!!!!!!! I have yet to price mahogany planks. But ooooffffff! Like everything these days, sticker shock is a common ailment.
The confusing part for me, is why? Shipping? I dont get how Covid could cause price crap with plywood. And here is the bigger question. Does this affect our boats? I am sure it affects the cost of a new bottom. If you spent in the past around 3K for the lumber on a new bottom, is it now 9K? And since some of this is inflation, does the labor go up? It should. So a lets say 1,500 a ft bottom quote is it now $3K? $4K? a foot?
Can you even get the lumber needed? Part of the inventory I purchased at the Railway is literally tons and miles of lumber. Juniper, Oak, Pine, and people are coming by all the time to buy it. I don’t want to sell it, because the boaters we take care of will need it. I am not a Lumber yard. And I can’t imagine the cost of replacing some of it. So it can sit and wait.
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So today the comment, peanut gallery, armchair quarterback, is wide open as always, AND FREE!