I'd do a lot of reading before starting even sample work. The West book is well worth the cost but the basic info you need is available on their web site.
If you have no glass experience, I'd start with test samples using polyester resin - it's a LOT cheaper than epoxy. The "workmanship" techniques are the same. After you get comfortable wetting out fabric, rolling the glass and squeegeeing you can lay up an epoxy test so you can see the viscosity differences, cure rate differences etc. Then
start cutting your boat.
I'd definitely investigate that honeycomb Caleb mentioned - cheaper than even balsa. If you need "hard spots" for under hardware, used solid glass - don't use plywood. You can buy G10 sheet in various thicknesses and use it like core where necessary.
Hunt around for industrial type suppliers - ask around boatyards and marinas etc. There is no need to pay WM type retail for the materials and you can save big $$ by buying from industrial suppliers.
Don't be intimidated - there is nothing magic about glass work. If you can wallpaper you can fiberglass and if you can make a peanut butter sandwich you can lay up cored laminations. Basic fiberglass work is classified as semi-skilled labour.
Remember to protect your skin and work neatly - grinding cured glass is to be minimized - it can't be eliminated. Micro fiber cloths and a loofah sponge are the best things to scrub the itch away in the shower after a days glass work.
Finally, enjoy yourself - it's itchy, messy work but it can also be very satisfying when you see the improvement in your boat and you'll have the skills for a lifetime of sailboats.