Hello All, The name is Bob, live in north Florida and am impressed with the civility and helpful atmosphere you have here. I have some experience in building and soon will be putting together my first canoe. The project will be a gift to my Nephew and his family, he is eight years old and loves the water and outdoors. Perhaps some of you have recommendations? I am looking for a recreational boat for sheltered and calm waters and would like to build from plans. I am thinking along the lines of 17' and strip construction. Ideally the canoe could carry the family of three (all small in stature) and could be portaged by one. This may be a tough bill to fill? Thank you for any input and nice to meet y'all!