Well I have been on this forum now for some time and have bounced between 3 design ideas, 2 homes, 2 deployments and now my forth posting. I have been waiting for the "best time" to start my boat building project but realizing that this unicorn is never going to appear I am going to get underway. I have as you can see settled on Beg Meil as it encompasses many of the aspects I am looking for. A build that I can complete before I have grandkids, a boat that will fit in my shop and to top it all off a beauty of a boat that I can handle easily by myself. The other designs, Stir Ven and Jewell are wonderful as well but in the end it was Beg Meil.
I have now cleared out my new shop, a two car garage that was my reward for agreeing to move in across from my inlaws and I am almost ready to go. I am now waiting for my trailer to surface from underneath the snow so that I can start picking up some plywood and I am looking forward to the comments of the forum and seeing the other Beg Meil builds here I have some big shoes to follow. It will be slow going especially with being away quite a bit but in the end I look forward to the process no matter how long it takes and how many comments on being crazy I will have to endure.
Regarding the plywood available in my area what I am seeing is from Jobert which I have seen to be a reliable supplier. The one issue that I am already seeing is that the plans call for 15mm ply for some of the bulkheads which of course is unavailable so it is either 13mm or 18mm. I expect to also deck the boat with Douglas Fir so wight already is concerning me especially if I start adding weight with the ply. Meranti is avail in 15mm but I am not so certain that it is a good option. As I can already see this build is going to be an adventure!!