Just about finished with my Mini. She's built like a...Well, she's built very strong. 10 coats of epoxy and 4 layer of fiberglass cloth on the bottom. 3-4 coats of varnish all around. 40 hours to build and 20 to sand. Now I know why Pop Eye looks like he does.
I put 4 ribs in the boat to strengthen the bottom. The white wood is Maple. The transom is made of 1/2" oak plywood. I inlayed some Cherry in the gunwales...just for looks. It was one of the most fun projects I've ever done.
Thanks for your advice.
Robert Mills - The proud owner of a very strong, little drift boat.