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A stitch and glue plywood dinghy
isn't really any more maintenance than any other fiberglass dinghy
...if the fiberglass gets damaged, you have to repair
it. It is hard to make a small dinghy
kit that is affordable and user buildable out of materials other than plywood and fiberglass. Also, most other materials would make even a small dinghy
much heavier than a plywood stitch-and-glue design. Few materials have the strength, rigidity and versatility of plywood.
Most "plastic" dinghies are made of a single piece. Most of the plastics used in plastic dinghies are relatively difficult to work with by hand, don't accept glues or epoxies very well and aren't the best materials to use with mechanical fasteners either.
CLC is probably your best bet if you want to make a small boat.
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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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