Re: How long did it take to build your boat
Shellback Dinghy by plans, not kit, epoxy/ ply glued lap, sailing version. Estimated time to complete, 200 hrs, nights, mornings and weekends over one year. I didn't mind the slow progress at the time as it kept me out of the bars.
Time to complete per WB 'how to' series...100 hours for a moderately talented carpenter, per conversation with Eric Dow when set up for production, 120 hours.
The construction time could have been shortened considerably had I never tried varnish on the transom. Once that happened, well, a sequential vortex of brightwork ensued... thwarts, centerboard bedlogs, inwhales and rubstrakes and other small trim bits. I understand now why builders offer better pricing for 'you paint it' boats.
"And then I think , who cares, we're just anthropological curiosities a mere second away from turning into fertilizer, might as well scratch and listen to music we like." John B