Good move! You'll have a lot of fun building it -- don't get hung up on how many hours, just enjoy the process. The EPP is a sweet little rowing pram, and easy on the eyes too. Did you order the sailing kit? They are a joy to putter around in under sail.
Let me know if you have any questions, as I think you'll recall that we built CLC's Passagemaker Dinghy two years ago (the big brother to the Eastport Pram).
I mentioned to Marty in another recent thread that my least favorite part of the building process was filling the holes from the stitching. If you don't have kids of your own to help with that step, borrow some from the neighborhood!! But you won't have as many as we did with this smaller kit
My next door neighbor had the idea to make templates from a kit and than use the templates to build more boats.
Would you want to have some templates made up before you start building? I can make arrangemnets to have it done.
Don't know what Chesapeake's policy is about that? They probably frown upon it.
Please resist the temptation to do this. CLC would DEFINITELY frown upon this since it is akin to theft. Often folks don't realize this, but a boat design -- even a little pram like this -- is the intellectual property of the designer, protected by copyright. It represents a lot of hard work and effort on the designer/builder's part (in this case one and the same person), sales of which comprise a significant part of their livelihood. Beyond that, the purchase agreement prohibits replicating the kit without permission.
If you and your neighbor want to build one cheap, you can order the plans, one dinghy can be built per set of plans. But honestly, I would counsel you to order a kit -- if you place even a modest value on your time, you will save money in the long run.