The posts above offer some good advice. If you''d like to get a better idea of what your up against look into the following books:
>Boat Strength by Dave Gerr (all materials)
>The Nature of Boats by Dave Gerr (all materials, many types of boats)
>Backyard Boat Building by George Buehler (wood & steel)
>From a Bare Hull by Ferenc Mate
>This Old Boat by Don Casey
>Wooden Boats by Michael Ruhlman (for the spirit, great book)
>The Fiberglass Boat Repair
Manual by Alan Vaitses
>Boatowner''s Mechanical & Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder (for all systems...the right way)
>check out http://www.devlinboat.com/ Sam Devlin is a real artist in stitch & glue/cold-molded boats. He has kits, study plans, videos
If you do this I''d definitely spend some time looking for vendors of materials at better prices. I picked up 100'' spools of marine wire from Hamilton Marine in Maine for about half(including shipping) what BoatUS/West Marine charges. Jamestown Distributors is a good source for various epoxies & glass at better prices than ''West System'' materials from any source. Defender Marine is a good source. Garhauer for rigging
..the list goes on...including Sailnet.
>This guy http://www.triton381.com/ has a site where he gutted & refit a Triton...he also has a message board where other refitters hang out. He''s waaay upside down in what he has in the boat vs what it would sell for...but it''s a labor of love...and he''s starting another.
If you want to start from stratch(whether that be a kit or any stick of wood in your garage after reading Buehler''s book) go for it. Another option that may have good timing is what others have mentioned...combine the thought of 1)getting lots of equipment and a hull/deck in an assembled boat for less than the cost of individual parts and 2) the hundreds/thousands of salvage boats available in Florida due to recent weather and you may have a great opportunity to just about start from scratch and end up with quite a boat. There has to be some very desirable boats available at the auctions & I''d guess (?) the prices have to be a bit lower due to the volume of them available.
Whether you''re building from scratch or rebuilding from salvage the most important concern is your time & desire to finish what you started. For some folks, building the boat is just a bump in the road to where they''re going...Moitessier had his steel boat assembled by a local boiler-maker, grabbed a telephone pole for a mast & went around the world...the boat is still sailing some 30 years later. Isolated event? maybe, but unwavering desire is the key to doing almost anything.