I found a nice post on the blog The Cottage Chronicles about boatbuilding. A few highlights, to whet your appetite:
Lately I have been thinking about…no wait…fantasizing about building a wooden boat. Don’t ask me what has me on this tangent, it’s not like I don’t have anything to do with my time, or that I have a lot of free time. It’s just one of those things I would like to do before I die….
Perhaps it’s because my Dad built a couple of wooden boats, a speedboat and a wooden rowboat that we still use around the cottage, some 50 years later. It could also be because there is something kind of special about the way a wooden boat handles in the water. And of course, there is the intrinsic value of creating something with your hands, something that your family might keep around long after you are gone.
Amen, brother. Go for it!!!!!
I will say, though, that the object of these aspiration, The Micro Trawler from Common Sense Boats, looks like a pretty big project for a first-timer. Don’t go too big, lest you find it all too daunting and have trouble finishing.