Re: Swifty update anyone?
You're not. I can't count the number of times I have been motivated to start a boat building project, only to find myself mired in sourcing proper materials. Boat building, depending on where you live, is a very small community and the resources are not easily attained. For example, for me to get marine ply I either have to be very patient with Craigslist, have it shipped to me (cha-ching) or drive 50 miles. This sucks the life out of the project and amplifies cost. Clint Chase has a nice and short pdf going over his belief in why a kit benefits a certain type of builder. It certainly seems like you and I fit into this category. I need to finish my Storer QuickCanoe as proof to my wife that I have the ambition and follow through and if she gives me the okay I would love to pick up Shell's 13' Lucky. His kits are nicely inclusive (including sails), though I don't believe oars are standard....could be wrong on this and in any case decent oars can be found at West Marine.
Originally Posted by Shoemaker
I say go for it, the Swifty looks like a great boat and is probably one of the better kit values out there. Certainly a better value than the Jimmy Skiff from CLC, though I can't comment on whether of not it's a better boat.
Good luck and I would love to know how the kit purchase process goes. Keep in touch!
Quick Canoe 155 and Storer drop in sail kit under construction.