A year ago I started building a 15-foot open sailboat that I designed myself, using Carlson Design software and lots of calculations. It is constructed of marine plywood, cedar and oak, using broad lapstrakes (4 strakes per side) glued and nailed. It has seven permanent frames (some are bulkheads), not counting the transom. It also has side decks, full-length side and transom benches with large buoyancy compartments and storage lockers built into them, a rowing thwart also serving as mizzen partner, a slightly off-center centerboard trunk, 50 lbs of lead shot ballast in a special box on the keel batten and a removeable cedar plank floor.
The rig is very traditional: cat ketch with short unstayed wooden masts, standing lug sails and sprit booms. I constructed the spars and sewed the sails, and made a pair of poplar 9-foot oars also.
Aerie is now ready except for the running rigging. The name is a 2,500-year-old nickname of my ancestral island and means "breezy" in ancient Greek. For those so inclined there are plenty of photos and commentary on my blog (http://176inches.blogspot.com). The handle is from the length of the boat per the plans (the finished length is closer to 179 inches).
Any questions or comments welcome.