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Boatstruck in Idaho

I am new to sailing and to posting in an internet forum, I have crewed a bit for a friend in seattle and have spent a little time around wooden boats, I have recently moved to Idaho (smart move for an aspiring sailor I feel).

My dream is to use my time here in Idaho to build a wooden sailboat capable of offshore cruising and long distance passages.

I have been pouring over various plans and have come up with the idea of starting in on an Amigo 22' offshore pocket cruiser by Glen L Designs.
I am not a shipwright by any means but I do have a working brain and body, patience, as well as time and enough money to steadily chip away at a project of this scale.

I would welcome any feedback from seasoned salts!

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You can do it, if you are patient and persistent. Even a 22' boat will take a few years of part time work. I have built some small boats, but bought more. There are forums for boatbuilding, I think Glen-L has one. There are also Woodenboat, and Duckworks. Do a search. There are a few wood boat owners and builders on this forum too. An old adage suggests building the dinghy first, to get an idea how long it takes, and understand the operations.
I look forward to hearing about your progress.
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J, As per WanderingStar's advise, I concur. Glen L, I am sure has a lot of small boat kits for a small dinghy called the Cat's Paw or something similar. There are two kits available. Stage 1 would be, precut panels and joinery. The other would consist of full size patterns from which to cut your own panels. The biggest suggestion I have is not to try to outsmart the designer which quite often happens with the beginner sailor/boat builder. Companies like Glen L, Bruce Roberts and many others have countless years of experience in boat building. They want you to enjoy your project and be happy with the results. Let them help you. They are more than glad to answer any questions you may have. Keep it simple. See you on the water.
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