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Be aware that building a boat in that size range is often more expensive than buying a used boat in that same size range in good condition. Do not skimp on the materials, as they are a relatively small part of the cost of building a boat—for instance, if you're building it out of plywood, don't skimp and buy exterior grade plywood instead of marine grade plywood... you'll regret it in the long run.
It would help if you said more about what kind of boat you're looking to build, since some boats are more difficult to build than others. It would also help if you said what kind of sailing you plan to do with this boat, and what kind of building experience/skills/resources you have to do this with.
If you have little or no financial resources, no large workshop or work area, and no skills, I would HIGHLY recommend you not bother starting. It would probably be a waste of money, time, effort and materials. That said, if you do have the financial resources, a proper work area, and some skills, then, by all means, go for it.
I'd also highly recommend that you read the post in my signature, as it has a lot of information to help you get the most out of your time on sailnet.
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.