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Building a FRG Boat.
If you are planning to build one boat, it could be very expensive, both in material and labor. I have seen many unfinished boats languishing for years in back yards and vacant lots. That said, completing a boat building project is a significant reward.
I would suggest that you visit an active boat builder and arrange a tour of their facility. As for books and websites, first decide on a type of boat. Hull and deck shape, keel or centerboard add various difficulties in building. Core materials are a consideration, as are the types of resins, gelcoats, paints and cloths. Making these choices will narrow the search for information.
Perhaps one way to economize would be to have a hull and deck molded for you and then finish it off yourself. This type of project seems to have a higher incidence of completion.
With your background, I would consider cold molded wood construction. It produces an attractive, strong hull. This technique is more conducive to home boat building. I would suspect that wood products native to Belize could be used, adding another level of interest and creativity.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you are definitely over 5 for even considering this idea, but I don''t see why that should stop you.
If you do go ahead and build this boat, please write about it here. I would like to follow your progress. There are many here on this website you can use as a resource.