Richard Maldonado chose the 13′ QT Rowing Skiff design by Jim Michalak (www.jimsboats.com) for his first build. He wanted to build a boat mostly from found materials, and except for the luan plywood that he purchased, everything else was recycled. Over the winter of 2011-2012, Richard built the hull referring to Michalak’s book, Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond) for guidance.
David Calloway wrote that a couple of years ago, he was infected with the boatbuilding bug. He spent many enjoyable hours looking for boats to build on the internet before he decided on Jim Michalak's QT design. With permission of the designer, David modified the plans somewhat, building the hull with stitch-and-glue plywood without any external chines. He also added a second seat. Under careful supervision from his dog, Wooster, Dave scarfed the sides of the hull, and nailed them to the frames, epoxifiying as he went along.