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I highly recommend you follow the suggestions of the previous posters and research every web site and wooden boat organization you can.
I was originally going to go exactly that route: laminated and epoxied plywood over traditionally fashioned and fastened oak framework. I was willing to accept hard chines to maintain the great strength of the plywood and ease construction. Then I discovered something very important that changed my mind.
First, when you accurately list and outline all the materials and equipment you need for a 35 foot boat, you will find that the cost of the hull and deck amount to about 1/3 of the total price. Secondly, going to the traditional ''cost savings'' methods of plywood or ferrocement construction, you only save about 1/3 the cost of the hull and deck. So, logically, the truth is, after all is said and done, you may save only 1/9 the real cost of the boat and end up with three things: a boat no-one else will buy, a boat that is very vulnerable to catastrophic failure, and a boat that performs poorly.
If it is still your wish to go that route, then I wish you all good fortune and happy sailing.
But . . . .
Let me suggest a possible alternative . . . .
I am down here in central Florida. The land of whup-ass hurricane damage, if you remember. Down here in boat storage yards everywhere, are MANY boats in the size range you''re looking for, and they are some forlorn-looking sad-sack little bunnies, just waiting for someone just like you to low-ball the owner and truck your near future dream away. While they look like the end to some, they are the beginning to others.