First of all, I think im a builder, not a sailor.
I have all winter (Alaska) and a 20 foot garage that I want to put to use. I would like to build a skiff for lakes and rivers and would like to put a 35 hp kicker on it, but if that is more then you think I can chew off for my first build, maybe a 10hp. I think I should do plywood and I like 'sedge' someone posted here, but I dont know if that would be a good starter boat. I have an 18 foot flatbed trailer, but I dont want to submerge it. I would rather winch it up a ramp onto the trailer or have friends help me get it launched. I like jon boats and seiner skiff style boats. I would mainly use it for buzzing around the lake to my friends cabin, so ability to haul in a drum of fuel or something would be nice. Am I just day dreaming? Mostly I just want a boat I built on my own.
on a scale of 1 to 10 here are my priorities
flat bottom 8 - I would like to beach the boat easily and drag it out
beauty: 1 - dont care
easy to construct - 7 pretty high on the list
low weight - 4 - i will get a real trailer if I have to
plywood - dont think I can do traditional
expense - 5 im fairly cheap but dont want to skimp
durability - 5 half a decade or so is fine.
bonus : I would like to leave it all bare (as in unpainted) wood. is this possible? what are the ramifications?
please forgive the newbie questions.