I would only add Bolgers instant boats.
Yep, I totally agree with that. I think I've got all the Bolger books now. Stevenson Projects have some nice boats too, but are a step up from a rowboat.
Somewhere around here I've got a copy of a book on making John Boats. They're simple, they're cheap (use sheathing plywood), and they work. The author learned from his father and grandfather, and says that the life of a plywood boat, without painting is about 15 years - but that means when it's stored it needs to be upside down, to keep rainwater from collecting and rotting it. It's best to paint them tho, and ordinary house paint works as well as the expensive stuff.
I haven't had the chance to make one yet, but have been doing research on it, and collecting books and plans for years. When I do, it will be plywood, probably tack and tape rather than stitch and glue, flat bottom or possibly a bit of rocker, straight up and down sides.
I'd say get the plans for one of the one-sheet dinghys and do that for a first build. That'll give you confidence, then you can go for one a bit fancier. Bolger's Tortoise comes to mind. Take pictures, lots, and lots, of pictures. http://www.instantboats.com/tortoise.htm
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