I am coming to the end of my very first boat build – a 14’ S&G Pygmy kayak for my wife. Now that I have caught the bug, I plan to build a boat of my very own.
After reading various posts on this forum, John Brooks’ book, and Iain Oughtred’s book, I am heavily leaning towards building the Penny Fee. I think that the Penny Fee is a great fit for me for the following reasons:
- The glued lapstrake method is a cost-effective way to build a boat that will last many years w/o a lot of maintenance
- The glued lapstrake method provides a satisfying boat building experience.
- Iain Oughtred’s designs are beautiful, well tested and proven for several years by many different builders.
- I want a boat that can be sailed and rowed. (With more time spent sailing.)
- I would spend almost all of my time on Cross Lake in Shreveport, LA.
- I want a boat small enough to sail or row solo.
- I want a boat big enough to sail with 2 adults, and occasionally 2 children as well.
- A 16 footer is probably the longest boat that I can comfortably build in my garage.
These are a few concerns that I have:
- I live in north Louisiana, which isn’t exactly a mecca for wooden boat building supplies.
- I have never sailed a boat.
- I have never been on a sailboat.
- I have never rowed a boat with oars. (I have paddled jon boats and kayaks though.)
Lastly, should I order a precut plywood kit or should I cut the planks myself? I hate wasting money, but I’m very tentative about accurately measuring and cutting all of the planks.
Thanks for any and all advice!