Re: Is the Penny Fee right for me?
I love glued-lap. I'm working on my 5th one right now. A very enjoyable way of planking a boat. As for supplies, do a little research into how much it will cost to ship good marine ply. I've heard there are places that ship and the cost isn't too horrific. For backbone and trim, I use American Black Cherry, which is available at most good lumberyards (at least in the Northeast). Kits save time, but not money. Also depends on how much time you have to devote to the build. I find that lofting and building the entire boat from scratch to very satisfying. I've even bought plans from museums and converted them to glued-lap. Let's face it, learning to row a small boat like that isn't going to take a lot. Learning to sail certainly will, but the beauty of an oar/sail boat is that if the wind pipes up or you're feeling uncomfortable with your sailing ability, simply drop the sail and row back to shore. I'm not familiar with the design, but I assume it has just one sail? An excellent type of boat to learn on. And lastly, Welcome to the Forum!
I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.