What is reasonable?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by miscreant, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. miscreant

    miscreant Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2016
    if a shaper chooses to accept your custom order, how long do you feel is a reasonable wait?
  2. JMJackFish

    JMJackFish Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    USA North Carolina
    I've had them run the gamut - from Murphy mowing the foam then and there with me in the bay to Gene taking a year for my pig and lots in between. I usually expect and don't mind 4 months... My last 2 (Christenson Chris Craft and Hobie Phil) both took 10 months. Great boards but those waits changed my board hunts at least for now.
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  3. miscreant

    miscreant Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2016

    Did any of the shapers you custom ordered from offer you a ball park? if so , was it accurate?
  4. SeniorGrom

    SeniorGrom Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    USA New Jersey
    Do shapers give you an approximate time? Seems like they should.
  5. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2015
    Devils Lake, Oregon Coast
    call comes down to their personal finances, age (young and hungry vs old and hammered) general work ethic, and how much they surf..

    One of my shapers says 4 weeks, it's four weeks. Another, 4 to 8 weeks depending on how good the surf is. Another, an in demand shaper favored on this forum, took 5 months, and the board was decent, didn't rock.

    Ordered a board from BK in his shop during a north shore stay, an 8' semi for Ocean Beach and Sunset..took 8 months to get it, and it friggin rocked...

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  6. miscreant

    miscreant Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2016

    Right? I guess the question becomes : what accountability do you hold a shaper to , regarding fabrication time?
  7. cuda

    cuda Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    it's the glass shop man... it's always the glass shop

    I buy way too many customs. average with shipping time included is right around 3.5 months. Generally sooner if there isnt a rock star firewall to contend with and I'm reuping.

    for a guy like you gnar with your S.A.P and Insta clout plus being situated on the west coast it seems reasonable that the average wait time should be about 1/2 that.
    6-8 weeks
  8. hullogfish

    hullogfish Active Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    USA California
    I have never had a board done in the time quoted. I assume half again longer, and I am pleasantly surprised if it beats that. 4-6 weeks, I will assume about 8-10.
  9. miscreant

    miscreant Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2016

    I don’t currently have anything ordered from anyone. I’m genuinely curious what it’s like out there.

    I’ve had the wait time on custom shapes be all over the place.

    I’m guessing some people don’t care about a wait. Some do.

    Some people will give money to someone for a finished board and not be told anything regarding an estimated time of completion. If a consumer does this, then they have no soap box to stand on if the wait is long.

    However, if a manufacturer receives money and asserts a date of completion , then it seems like their should be some level of accountability. Our little corner of industry seems atypical in this regard.
  10. cuda

    cuda Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    I definitely agree with the esoteric nature of this industry but, luckily most shapers I have dealt with have nailed their estimates and like i alluded, to being on the eastcoast puts me a bit of a disadvantage for holding anyone accountable. That being said all the issues I have had 4 out of 50 ( maybe going on a 5th as we speak) have been dealt with amicably - money refunded or "next board at cost" kind of stuff. Any time I have mentioned that the board is for a surf trip or that I'll be picking it up out their on such and such a date can it be ready? - it always has been. when in doubt tell them you know smukes- trust me ;)
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