Just ordered the manual for the Skerry to see if it is a good entry level project. I really like the lines. The Passagemaker is attractive in its own right and offers 200lbs more capacity and the option of an outboard (although you could easily hang an electric off of a Skerry - and both craft seem well propelled by oars alone).
I'd appreciate any thought son the virtures of these two vessels, specifically # of passengers and ease of built. I realize neither is a pontoon boat but can you manage two adults and a kid or two in the skerry or is the 450lb capacity optimistic to begin with.