Hello-- I've been thinking about a CLC project for a couple of years and I think I'd like to finally go forward with it this winter. I've done quite a bit of wooden boat restoration in the past, but never a build. My concerns have to do with what is a suitable building site, type and number of tools to have, how much time is involved, etc.
I've narrowed my choices down to roughly two: (although I'm open to other ideas) Sassafras 12 and Wood Duck 12. I have a powerboat that I have set up as a bit of a water-borne RV, and would like to carry this paddle craft up on the hardtop of the powerboat as I take it in and around inlets and islands on the Great Lakes. For this reason, I'm favoring the lightness of the Sassafrass 12. I would be mostly day-paddling around coastal areas, in fairly calm conditions (If it isn't decent out, I'm not going; I'm NOT an extremist!) So seaworthyness is important, but not an end-all.
And finally, I'm not exactly jockey-sized. More like 6'3" and 250. So roominess and load carrying IS important, along with lightness and ease of a first build.
Any comments, ideas, suggestions or ideas would be very welcome