Ditto scottkinwa’s thoughts
I built a Tern 14 last spring/summer. The only woodworking I had ever done previously was building bluebird boxes…I also felt the instructions to be a bit “lean”, but found that if I would repeatedly read just the part of the project I was planning on completing that day ahead of time, rather than trying to understand the whole booklet at once, the instructions became a lot clearer and I would not become overwhelmed. My husband installed an exhaust fan in the workshop - I’d recommend the same if you don’t have good ventilation in your work area. I was concerned about the getting sensitized to the epoxy so I was really careful about wearing gloves, and I used a respirator whenever I sanded. My Tern also came out heavier than Pygmy claimed, but I may have gone a little heavy on the epoxy. There were three difficult parts of the project for me: 1)Getting the deck to seat well on the hull: one piece of a hull panel was just a tiny bit warped. I didn’t notice it until I tried to attach the deck! 2) Glass taping the inner sheer seams in the very front of the bow. 3) fitting the bulkheads in. I kept track of the time - it took me quite a bit longer than the 80 hours Pygmy suggested; I spent 129.5 hours, but that included installing hatches/bulkheads, and the sander I used was kind of crappy - get a good one! All in all, it was a great experience for me. I love the boat and it’s a pleasure to paddle. The hatch buckles are not my favorite, and I did replace the hatch weatherstripping that Pygmy sent with another product, and now the hatches seal much better - only during roll and bracing practice drills do they leak a little. Whoa, this became long-winded, but I hope it helps you with your decision - good luck! w.d.