My 2 cents.
Cost will depend on availability of stock. Here in NE it is still possible to find small sawyers cutting cedar at quite reasonable prices, same for oak. In FLA, hmm, I dunno but it would seem good solid stock is gonna be expensive.
It is more frustrating working with solid wood. It has defects, it splits when you're trying to get it to twist in a tuck, etc. It will take longer to build with solid stock, especially the first time out. But for all the frustrations of it, cutting, fitting and fastening cedar is much more pleasant and aestetically pleasing than cutting, fitting and googing ply, IMO.
Ply has the advantage, mentioned above, of not drying on a trailer, and of being much more forgiving of bad fits.
Your call, best of luck.
P.S. And following along the ply being more forgiving of bad fits, even if it takes twice as long to build with solid wood, you will likely improve your craftmanship more by being tested by that fire. The fits have to be good or the boat will leak, unless you resort to a different species of googe. Just another consideration.
[ 11-26-2002, 01:30 PM: Message edited by: ishmael ]
So many questions, so little time.