Here we go!
Four mm Okoume ply purchased (cut into 12" strips, ready for scarfing); 7 ft of Ash, cut into 1" strips (for scarfing into shear strips), a 3ft x 3" board of Zebra wood for the bow and stem strips, and my epoxy and cloth arrived today, so I'm off & running! I hope to maintain a photo log of my progress and will post pics / updates here occasionally.
I say "LT modified" because I'm cutting the 17 down to the LT dimensions (1 inch off the sides), but will keep the 14 inch profile of the aft deck for the extra cargo space. I'm adding the Zebra wood end caps for looks (it'll offset the Mahogany nicely) and I may route/cut a 3/8" strip along the deck/side lines for a Zebra wood edge (to hide that plywood deck seam)... have to look at router issues before deciding.
I may also put a decal on each side (undecided on what decal) and possibly (probably) a compass rose on the for deck. Nice touch, eh?
Plans are great, I look forward to getting though the first phase. Not looking forward to the fiberglass, but will find plenty of help here if needed.
Welcome any ideas/suggestions;