deep pockets huh? thats what i hate about discussing projects with people, everybody thinks they must be a millionare to build something ! I built my 3 bed, 2 bath home worth $100,000 for 1/3 of that. Some people spend more because they cannot do it themselves. I do everything myself, carpentry to sail making. ect. Amazing what you can do when you cannot aford anything. It took me 6 years to finish my home but i did it all on $20,000 income a year.
Im thinking of all white oak keel and frames planked with fir. White oak lumber is very cheap here from local mills. $150 for a white oak keel timber. Buy scrap lead and pour the ballast myself. It will take me a few years, but it will be a nice boat. "little maid of kent" has an iron ballast so i will have to recalculate for lead, every sq. inch, very time consuming. I also am looking at a 29' paul gartside bcc cutter.