I am a new member to the WoodenBoat Forum and have just started my first boat build. I've done quite a bit of boat travel here in Alaska including many wonderful trips by raft, riverboat, and a sprinkling of coastal travel in Prince William Sound. My open water experience is almost exclusively in aluminum boats. A friend who lives in VA owns a mahogany launch and runs it on Chesapeake Bay. That boat, plus a trip he and I took to Mystic, CT for the Wooden Boat show, sparked my interest in building a boat. I purchased the plans for Jeff Spira's new design, the Anacapa. I like the dory look and it appears to be a perfect first time build. Jeff is extremely helpful but I don't wish to over burden him with newbie questions because I have a sneaking suspicion that I am hooked - this won't be the last boat. I found this forum and have spent the past couple of weeks researching ideas. I wanted to introduce myself because I know I will have questions for forum members in the future. What I've seen is great camaraderie and a helpful cadre of regulars. Congrats to all of you. If you have an interest in Alaska, please PM me. If I don't know the answer, I will find out where you can get it.
Dave - my non-nautical screen name comes from my daughter and is a reference to my lack of trophy status as a moose hunter - I'm effective, just not picky.