Hello everyone, I've been looking around here for a while and want to start building my first boat. I have narrowed my choices down to two. I want a boat that I can take in the gulf of Mexico, something that I can trail or car top, around 16 ft, take down to the beach and use to do a little fishing and visit the various keys, nothing way offshore, just something to use along the coast. I would like something that carries 2 people and gear, or three people. I will use it in the Tampa area, if anyone is familiar, the water is choppy most days but the waves rarely get above a foot and I would only take it out on calm days. I also want something to take in the rivers and lakes, but my main interest is in the gulf. I have never sailed, but want to learn, that would be the main purpose for the build, and rowing would be secondary.
The two designs I have narrowed down to are the Gary Dierking outrigger canoe and a dory. I am leaning towards the outrigger, I like the stability, that you can build in sections and add on, and the speed. On the other hand, I like the dory because the build time would be quicker, setup would be quicker on the beach, and could carry more weight. I've found a couple designs for the dory, Gavin Atkins Doris the dory and Hannu 3sd dory. So based on my criteria, the fact I have little sailing and woodworking exp, what would you recommend? Also if you have any other suggestions, I'm open to looking at others. I have looked for a dinghy in the area, hasn't found anything in my price range and I think this would be a fun project.
Also, if you have suggestions for other designs, I am looking for a simple to build design, that's why I chose these two.