Great read. In addition to being a talented boatwright, he's a gifted story teller.I thought I recognized Leo from somewhere!
I have seen several projects this ambitious. I just have never seen one finish. People work for years and then just disappear.
There was one old wood boat rebuilt around here. It was Freda, an 1885 32 foot yacht. The rebuild took 8 years and cost $500,000. It is the oldest sailing boat on the West Coast.
One of the unfinished projects was a boat like mine, an L-36. The plan was to replace all the floors and frames, then replace the planks. At that point it would be hard to call it a restoration. He did replace at least some of the floors and frames and then I never heard from him again.
I will be amazed and in awe of this kid if this boat is finished.