Neat info in the comments! I know about the DCA, but some some reason have never joined. Perhaps I should. their website has some really good info!
As to cost: I've got just under $550 in ply wood--It would have been about $350-$375, except the only kind of marine
grade ply available locally is 1/2" and 1" fir--too heavy and not the best for hulls. (We have a local commercial
yard here--builds barges and towboats, and built PBs, DEs and some auxiliaries in WWII--steel construction!) I've also got about $300 in adhesives, glass tape, etc.
on an "as needed" basis, with fir and spruce being easily available in good grades locally.
I had haunted the 'net looking for small sailboats that I could use and afford, and it just wasn't working. I couldn't see myself driving a couple of day to look at one! And, the local boats were either "out of price" or in horrible condition, almost all of them needed new sails
, running and standing rigging
Of the ones that were in price
and condition, the designs weren't what I was comfortable with. (I've seen a photo
of a Laser with a modified backpacking tent on it...no thanks...)
If I lived on one of the coasts, or around the great lakes
(outside of Indiana) it would be much easier--both in finding a boat, and materials.
Well, I'm a Hoosier, and for better or worse, here I am!
BTW--I read Small Craft Advisor!