I've got a 16-foot Jetcraft parked in the driveway, but I am itching to build boat No. 2. My first, built nearly 40 years ago, was a 7' 9" pram based on the old Douglas Fir Plywood Association plans the DFPA widely gave away in the 1960s. I used marine ply and WEST System epoxy on that little boat, and put in many very happy and fruitful hours fishing Oregon lakes with it.
Fast forward to Social Security age.
First, I had to build an 8X12 garden shed to make room in the garage for a boat build. Got her done a couple of weeks ago.
In the interim, I went back over my boat stuff -- old Woodenboat magazines. Bolger Instant Boat books by Dynamite Payson. John Gardner's "Dory Book." The Lumber Yard Skiff caught my eye for its sheer simplicity and rugged build. Bought plans from Walt Barron. No, I need something more elegant. Still loving the old pram bow, I next bought a set of Doug Hylan's Big Ben Garvey plans. Definitely an elegant boat, but may be a bit too much boat for just me, and not as good in choppy and windy conditions as a traditional bow.
Got a lot of comments on how great the Tolman is, so I ordered Renn's book. I haven't finished reading it yet (Lots of excellent information and wisdom in there!), basting about at more boat plans, I ordered a set of Candlefish 16 plans from Sam Devlin. With my available space, my tools and my sketchy skills I think this boat will be the best fit for me, but I will wait to study the plans before I make my final decision. If I planned to fish in the ocean, I would definitely go Tolman, but I still get as motion sick at 63 as I did at age 5 in the back seat of the 1950 Chevy DeLuxe on the way from Corvallis to Newport. So I am look at a boat for lakes and reservoirs, estuaries and protected salt like Nootka Sound.
Anyway, I know I will learn much and contribute little here, in the presence of so many true and experienced salty dogs!