As you take more business classes you will learn about ROE, ROC, NPV, and IRR.
Manufacturing businesses are capital intensive, i.e. the initial tooling requires a large cash outflow.
Reggie Fountain was an insurance salesman, with a law degree- I'm guessing he was successful in that business and used his cashflow to start Fountain. Just Speculation on my part.
Irwin Jacobs, is a gazillionaire "corporate raider" his parents probably made 250K a year, yet they considered themselves middle class. Just speculation on my part.
Randy Scism (MTI) was probably paid lots of cash by the oil guys. Learned setup and design on their budget(damn near unlimited). Just speculation on my part.
Peter Hedlin (Skater)said his wife supported him for a while(not 100% guys), and I sense he is a frugile low consumption person (thats a compliment). And he got/gets his hands dirty (saving money and understanding the process). I suspect he's the kinda guy who would sleep in his factory if need be (just like the Honda guy). And Randy Scism(MTI) got alot of his knowledge and design info from Peter. Just speculation on my part.
The Nor Tech guys kinda appeared out out nowwhere, and where the hell they got the money to move to america and start a boat company- beats me.
Don Aronow was wealthy from the real estate business, liked racing boats, and realized if he formed a company he could expense his racing efforts as R&D.
The Mystic Powerboats guy (Dave Callen I thinks) sold one of his companys(internet or some thing) for over $400 million. Now he has money for tooling..... and lots of pretty women. Just speculation on my part.
Doug Wright is essentially a tooling company (for others at first) and could produce his own tooling at a low cost. But he need to buy those big cnc axis machines with some money. Just speculation on my part.
The guy who wrote the doom game software made $25 million and lost a couple of it trying to be a boat manufacturer. I thinks he spent a lot cash on cnc everything and then realized...wow I gots to sell 50 boats this year to make money...and I only sold 4. Just speculation on my part.
Orignal Poster...You appear talented in the graphic arts/computer rendering arena. I work for one of the Big 3(cars)(whatever) and the design studios are full of guys like you that are well paid. Pinafirinia (sp) styles cars and boats. From your drawings/renderings, I think you could do that kind of work. Maybe you could create a highly stylized skater, etc. If you look at the Nor Tech's theres a lot of styling cues from italion autos.
Your renderings look good, get paid to do that work, maybe with a big boat manufacturer.
But what the hell do I know? I design grocery getters.