My friend used douglas fir 2x4s and 2x6s from the local lumber
yard on his Buehler "Juno" design. In tropical islands you must haulout annually to keep ahead of the shipworms. He didn't and he had to replace some of the underwater portions of his hull
. I helped him haul and when the crane lifted the boat out of the water
you could put your finger through the planking in a couple of areas near the waterline but below it. After relaunching with copper sheathing on the bottom he found some dry rot
in the cabin
and at age 80 could not keep up with the maintenance
. He gave away his boat, the new owners never did any maintenance and now it rests on the bottom in Radio
Bay. My friend is heartbroken about it and would have preferred to sink it himself rather than see it slowly go downhill.
Just an experience about wood hulls in tropical climates. You really need to find out where you intend to sail if there are haulout facilities if your choice of building material is wood. The other consideration is that many fiberglass
hulls are really inexpensive in this economy. If you are intent on building, I'd consider rebuilding on a fiberglass
hull. You could use all the rest of Buehler's ideas for completion.