Thanks for the compliments. Having a really good time on the boat. Going very quickly and now that I have figured out some better ways to do it, my next one should be much easier. Here are some budget and tip items on what I have done:
I started building on January 25th of this year. I have averaged about 1-2 hours a day four days a week on this build and have been taking my time since this is the first boat I have built. A small boat like this is nice because it's easy to flip and move around the garage. My next boat will be larger, and will range somewhere between 17 and 32 feet long. If its longer than 17', I"m going to make all the frames in my garage first and then assemble the boat elsewhere. Maybe rent a cheap warehouse for a couple of months.
I fiberglassed most of the boat today and could take it into the water this week, but need to get a small trailer first and decide on a paint scheme.
Fiberglass/Epoxy Resin $70
Fiberglass 6oz cloth $70
It is much easier to build this boat if you have a router. That way all the 1/4 plywood can be cut large and you can use a trim bit to make it flush. Also an electric planer is a must for fairing. I bought a cheap Ryobi planer and router for under $130 total and they work great. I have had minimal previous wood working skills and just found that if I measured the frames out correctly everything will fit nicely.
You have to be super careful when cutting out the notches for the chine log and sheer clamp. Your inclination is to cut out a gap that will fit the piece of wood. What you really need to do is have the wood sticking up higher than the gap so you can plane/fair it down. There were also a few areas where I gouged the boat with the electric planer, but was able to fix easily with Bondo.
I also made a mistake with the framing and the hull build up which gave me a little bit different angle on the port and starboard side near the keel. Easily fixed with Bondo, and a lesson learned.
My boys, daughter, wife and father-in-law love the idea of building a boat and have had fun helping and watching me do it. The neighbors have also come over and love it.
Buy a good $35 3M or other respirator. You don't want fumes frying your brain or dust clogging your lungs.
Every night clean up your work space. Makes every day much easier.
Make sure your cars aren't in the driveway or they'll get super dirty
Get a fan to blow out the garage while you are glassing the boat.
In addition I'm really happy with how the boat is coming out. It's a lot nicer than I expected and has motivated me to make another larger one in the future.