Just a few thoughts: Do you have a dry shed or tent in which to work
? You cannot leave a project
like this outside - you need a covered dedicated space and have ample room to work
around all sides. Utility hookups need to be permanent, and of adequate capacity to support the draw of power
tools without blowing fuses
. Ample room means that you need space to easily maneuver the largest component into its position, without any obstruction impeding your effort.
If you think you have all the tools you will need: you may indeed, IF you have been a serious woodworker for five years or more. Most people probably will need to budget
supplies can be budgeted out ahead of time fairly easily. What is far less predictable is the actual quantities for fasteners, adhesives, coatings, sandpaper sheets/disks/belts/etc. You will need some tools that aren't always easy to find - yes, google
has made it easier, but that doesn't mean you will find that sander with the two inch foam pad with matching sanding
disks immediately... I finally found some of what I needed in an automotive supply shop.
Do you have experience building forms for steaming wood
in a steamboat and bending it ? Have you previously done fiberglass
? Fiberglass Epoxy
? All these skills can be self taught, but the research
will take time. It isn't so much the work, but knowing how to do it right the first time.
I've built a simple 16 Ft. Wherry (was my first one, and although the book said 200 hours, it took me well over 400). Then a 28 Ft Ketch
. Stitch and Glue. 2 years just for the hull
. Turned out OK, but don't forget that building the hull
itself is the straightforward part. Finishing out the inside (depending on needs, of course) can be a massive undertaking.
Do you have experience sanding
large hollow surfaces? Sanding the outside of a hull is fairly simple. Finishing the inside is a different animal all together.
If this, and everything else on this thread hasn't scared you away yet, I suggest you read up on woodworking techniques; There are plenty books
out there to give you an overview of building boats. Few show the actual carpentry techniques, properly illustrated with detailed drawings, tool position, etc.
Now, once she floats that very first time... there are few higher highs! :-)
Good luck w your project!