Hi Paul....Just wanted to send an update on the Max boat I'm building. It's nearing completion and since taking the photos I have completed the forward and aft decks and installed hatches per your instructions, and a small motorwell in the centre console to take an electric trolling motor. I have loved building this boat (being the first boat I have built), and I know that this will only be the first of many. I will send photos of the finished product in the next few weeks when I get her out on the water.
For the Max boat, I found that I could source structural grade 4mm hardwood ply for about $21 per sheet. It has a higher strength rating that normal exterior hardwood ply, the same waterproof glue, but is not as pretty (I really had to sift through to find sheets with even just one side good enough to varnish). I am already considering the next boat project (even before the max has seen water...), but I think it will be someting bigger. Possibly something capable of coastal cruising, not sure yet, but these things take time to think about (and certain people need convincing before I am allowed start!). Anyway, I will send through some photos of the max once she is finished and afloat within the next week or two...
Regards, Steve. Bega, NSW, Australia