Has anyone here ever had a go at making their own canoe? I had a book out of the library on how to build a stitch and tape plywood canoe a few years ago, but never got round to building one. Now the nights are getting a bit lighter I thought this might be a worthwhile project, although since my canoeing experience is only a tiny bit more than zero I'd like to know what those with a bit more experience think. Are the boats any good? Or are they just a bit numb and heavy? Actually numb and heavy isn't such a problem as that would suit me pretty well.
I'm on a fairly tight budget with regard to the whole canoeing project and a home made one would be a nice idea, but would I be better off buying a second hand Coleman or something in the long term?
Also are there any other methods for the home builder (don't start with the birch bark, ) but people must have been building canoes themselves before the invention of fibreglass.
Any and all advice greatly appreciated.