Re: Carolina Dory Design, First Time Builder seeks advice
Please update your location, and tell us what waters you'll be using the boat on, with how many crew, with what sort of outboard, stored and transported how, by what, etc etc etc...
Then we'll be able to help with questions about design. Once you pick a design, then we can talk materials and techniques.
As a furnituremaker you have the skills and many of the tools, but materials can be quite different. My background was stripping & refinishing antiques, but boatbuilding was a challenge with both new terminology and quite different woods, fasteners and coatings.
We can help answer your questions much better if we know where in the wide world you are located, and may be able to direct you to local resources.
Update your location by using the Private Messages link on the left in the brown menu bar above.* Once in the Private Messages area, click the link on the left under "My Profile" called "Edit Profile", then scroll down to the Additional Information section and put in your location. *Then scroll all the way to the bottom and click the SAVE CHANGES button.
Alternate method: click on the "My Profile" link on the upper right, then on the little pencil icon to edit the Location field, then SAVE.
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Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.