I don't understand how to use this posting system........that's for starters....then - my primary purpose here is to start accumulating good advice and opinions. I have been canoeing for - well - okay - since I was 9 years old. I have promised myself that someday I would build a stripper. I am preparing a workshop, etc - to start it next summer. I have seen lots of great boats and a number of plans but need all the input I can get. Thanks in advance for your input. (the first boat will probably be a small general purpose boat - just to get acquainted with the process and find out what my limits are).