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I'm up your neck of the woods all the time—if you're in Rockport, MA.
I would look on craigslist, as they've had a few Walker Bay 8's on there recently... and for fairly good prices... same with small outboards.
Building a stitch and glue dinghy is really quite easy, and there are many places with plans for one that is made from a single 4'x8" sheet of marine plywood. A good place to look for this type of information is Small Craft Advisor magazine... which often reviews stitch and glue type plans.
If you have access to a good jig saw, table saw and drill, and have a modicum of ability at using them, I see no real reason you should neeed to get the pre-cut kits, which they do charge a considerable premium for.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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