I've been thinking about building a boat for a few years now and as I near retirement (another year or two away) I find myself considering it more and more. I have a fair amount of experience in carpentry/cabinetry/furniture making with a small wood shop in my garage and zero experience with boat building. So I do have a number of questions as I consider taking on this endeavor.
First, the selection of what boat would suit my needs. I enjoy fishing, as do a number of my friends, but I don't anticipate fishing more than 20-30 days a year. Typically, there might be three or four of us going out to fish. My wife doesn't fish, but she would enjoy a day on a lake sunning with a book to read. Given that, I am considering building a Key West or a La Paz, not sure which, or maybe another model. Other than the fuel capacity, there doesn't seem to be much difference between the two, so maybe someone can explain to me more about that. Maybe one is better suited to rougher seas or something. I would expect to most of my boating on lakes, but the Pacific is only an hour from my house, so ocean boating is something I would consider trying.
Another question I have is regarding the Key West specifically. The description says there are a number of options with the motor. I think I'd prefer an outboard, but the specs say
. Does that mean if you go with a single outboard, it needs to be at most 400 lbs? If so, that would limit you to maybe 115 hp motor (most are around 370 lbs), which would seem like a little under powered for a 23' center console boat.Power: Single centrally mounted inboard engine to 1200 lbs., single or twin outboards to 400 lbs., or stern mounted inboard driving through an outdrive, jetdrive, or vee drive, not exceeding 700 lbs.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!