Re: A Pulling Boat for a Large Rower
I've rowed the light dory, the stretch dory, and many other designs.
Go for the stretch dory. You already have building experience with the type, that will speed up the build. It's a good design and they go well, including in rough weather.
Every high performance row boat I've been in has been a bit tender. I gather high performance airplanes have the same issues, and maybe high performance cars too.
Thorne's suggestion on floatation is a good one, as usual. Though I'll admit that I don't follow it.
Yachting, the only sport where you get to be a mechanic, electrician, plumber and carpenter