Okay, some of you are probably going to give me a hard time, but here goes.
When I was married I commissioned John Welsford to design WALKABOUT, a sailing and rowing cruiser with room to sleep just one aboard. I never had a chance to get started on construction. Now I'm divorced, and dating a wonderful woman who loves the idea of camp-cruising on a small open boat. She's enthusiastic and has been urging me to build something we can sail and cruise in together.
The key criteria is simple construction: I have to be able to build this by next April, so that I can take a couple of months off to cruise before moving cross-country. That means: (a) it has to be quick to build, and (b) it has to use a minimum of epoxy, because heating my garage above 45 degrees or so in the winter isn't feasible unless I insulate the place. (I've tried.) I can't get this done unless I can do a lot of work under those conditions. (Though my sweetheart, bless her dear soul, did suggest that perhaps I could build a boat in the living room!) Even at that, anything that takes me more than 300 hours total probably won't get done in time (that's 10 hours a week if I start the first of October), and less is even better.
Other criteria: a cockpit big enough to sleep 2 under a tent; relatively light; no bigger than necessary; and oars (or a yuloh) for auxiliary power. I don't need the ability to row for hours at a time (as on Walkabout), but I do want to row for fairly short distances, say a mile or two after the wind dies or up a small creek. (I hate outboards.)
Jim Michalak's DEANSBOX is currently at the top of my list. An awful name for an interesting little design. 16 feet long, 5 foot beam, and 300 pounds. Sure it's a box (I prefer "sailing garvey"), but it's a well-thought out little box that seems to meet my criteria. Per John Brooks, I'd build it in Sapele ply, and avoid sheathing the ply in epoxy.
For details, see: http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/ji...sbox/index.htm
Any other suggestions?