Having cobbled together a mail-order kit boat when I was studying yacht design in the 1970s, I was at a loss as to what Willis had in mind. This is a guy who builds some of the finest custom tournament boats I have come across. His last 92-footer consumed more than 92,000 man-hours . Willis is a triple Type A when it comes to detail, and not the sort to tolerate anything less than perfection. I imagined him tracking down a ham-handed kit-boat customer and chain-sawing his project as a failure. Willis claims that will not be the case: “It’s up to our builder customers how much fit-and-finish they put into their boats.” Willis’ do-it-yourself project is no sheet-plywood shoe box; it is a drop-dead-beautiful, 18-foot cold-molded fishing skiff, with the potential to be a 10, given a builder with ability and about 1,500 man-hours to complete it!