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I have the benford book. One could make a set of full size plans, or go to his website and pay the $50 for a full size set of plans.
The plans from Glen-L are VERY complete and WELL worth the minimal cost you will spend. Both boats I built had FULL size templates to work with. No measuring etc. A scale drawing of where to put the parts on a given 4x8 sheet of plywood to use the least amount of material. My step dad built the 21' trailer sailor from them, again, plans were VERY complete. Two folks in my YC have or are currently building little power boats. BOTH have commented on how easy the plans are to read and use. As far as Glen-L is concerned, they have been around since the 60's, very good rep, they have a forum for folks building there boats, to get answers etc.
As mentioned by SD, you could spend more time and waste materials going with freebies vs paying the $25-50 maybe a bit more depending upon the length of the boat and how many parts and pieces are needed.
The other options, is a S&G boat, you buy the parts already cut etc. granted a bit more money to a degree. but a couple of folks on here have built some boats this way. Neighbor built 2 or 3 kayaks from kits, granted a kayak is not a dingy, but I would assume the wherry offered by the same company would be comparable in ease of directions and build etc. Well, actually maybe a bit harder to build per say, because a 14' wherry will be harder than a 16' kayak........
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!