If you're handy, God bless. CLC provides an extremely detailed instruction manual with every kit, and it's also happy to answer by telephone or e-mail any questions that arise. Me, I needed a teacher there to lead the way, and Harris was easygoing, good–natured and patient. The way I saw it, I got a Maine vacation (albeit a hard-working one) at WoodenBoat School (read the full story and see the photo gallery) and a gorgeous boat for the cost of tuition ($750, with partner an additional $375) and materials ($1,416 for the rowing version, $2,570 for the sailing version). Price a boat of this quality online and you'll be lucky if you can find a used one for under $5,000.