I've got a 9 yr old kid brother (17 yrs younger than me), a spare 6hp 2-stroke Johnson outboard and a garage . . . I need a boat plan. This will be the first boat I've built. I've got my eye on a Devlin Pelicano, Tolman Skiff or Atkin Ninagret for a next build; so this one is intended for practice, fun build with my brother and a use for a spare motor. The plan is to build the boat with his help and then give it to him for playing and learning to sail. I've found several boat plans that claim to sail great and motor decent, I'm looking for the opposite. In order of importance, this is what I'd like to find-
relatively quick and cheap build (max $1000 (minus motor and rigging))
motor boat as primary function
sailing as secondary function (remove motor, put on rudder, not thinking of using the motor as a kicker really)
rowing performance not a real concern
tall freeboard/dry ride, room for up to three (two adults, 1 child)
sail single handed for child (once taught)
easy to rig (stayed mast ok, but I like the thought of the simplicity of an unstayed mast)
like the look of a (very) small covered foredeck or storage hatches of some sort
no experience with sailing ballast tanks
possible towed dinghy for our 25' helms sailboat
durable, beachable, to be on shore/in water always
Again, this list is in order of importance, I realize a single boat can't be everything. I think stitch and glue may be the preferred construction, since most of what I'm looking at for a next build is stitch and glue. This started as a search for a jonboat with the ability to safely travel at a decent speed between me & my wife's house and my parents house (about 7 miles on a lake up to 1.5 miles wide). I had my mind set on a Devlin Grayling 13, but then I thought- why not something that could sail too?
Any input is appreciated, Thanks!