Hey gents, been lurking a little bit, time to speak up.
My wife is OK with us having a small boat next summer, something we can camp from. And after a little thinking she is OK with a square stern so we can put a small motor on it.
I have looked at a lot of boats and a lot of drawings. Read a bunch of books. I feel like I have enough wood working background to pull off a strip built boat. Never fooled with fiberglass and epoxy, but it can't be that much worse than drywall mud.
I looked at 18 and 20 foot freighter canoes at the Boat Shop in Fairbanks today. Wasn't looking at strip built to save money anyway.
The main thing is I am looking for things the wife and I can do together now that most of the kids have moved out. If we can travel light for a night or two and bring out a spike/fork also, that would be awesome.
I am thinking Western Red Cedar for all the strips, Superior Hardwood in Fbx will make that for me at 47 cents per foot. Ash for the stem since it is supposed to steam bend easy, hickory for the outwales for crush resistance and quartersawn white oak for the inwales so I can hang some kind of motor lift off the inwales rather than cantilevering the motor another foot behind the transom. I am thinking a small foredeck so we can put our camping gear under cover up front, 5-8ish hp outboard we should be good to go.
Maybe some of that black graphite/epoxy stuff on the bottom four inches of the hull.
I can afford it and I have all winter to get it done. Convince me this is a bad idea.