Here are a few stray thoughts, most of which just serve to reinforce what has already been posted by others.
1. A 6500lb boat is a large boat for a first timer but you've already built a strip canoe so you already have more relevant experience than you think. Go for it. If the whole thing seems overwhelming remember that building a boat is just a series of steps. Your first goal is to build the frame then the moulds and so on.
2. Of the books you listed I like the Gougeon's the best simply because of the way it's organized. Don't worry about not fully understanding what's written in them. Use them as reference as you go along instead. Everything will become clear.
3. I like to use MDF for the frames because its cheap and I can use a coarsely set plane or a rasp to quickly knock down any high spots or cut the bevels. Use whatever you like that is locally available and is easy to work and cheap. Use the money you save to buy quality marine plywood for the bulkheads and for your lumber.
4. Yes you can use bulkheads instead of mold frames if their locations are within a couple of inches of each other. Use your own judgement. Cover the bulkheads with heavy kraft paper on both sides to protect them from the inevitable epoxy drips. Don't fully cut out any openings such as doorways at this time. You'll be glad you did so at rollover time.
5. If you have a bandsaw and thickness planer you can save a considerable amount of money by buying roughsawn lumber. I like to rip strips by clamping a long fence on to my bandsaw and using a resaw blade. You can of course use a table saw but because the blade is thicker you'll make a lot more sawdust and consequently have to buy more lumber. If you don't have a fully eqipped shop don't worry about it. Use what you have.
6. Unless I need a small quantity I don't bother to resaw lumber to make veneers. If you're cutting 1/8" thick veneers even a resaw blade will waste some 30% or more of your lumber. Shop around for sliced veneers. For the quantity that you'll need and depending on your location you'll probably find that buying sliced veneers is competitively priced with doing it yourself, especially if you factor in the aggravation.
Oh yeah! Around here we expect the occasional picture and progress report.
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