Mike and Bennie,
again, all good points.... currently we use a standard canoe and it is o.k. stability is good enough as long as any moves are anticipated which isn't always the case with kids;^)
I think this other boat would seem like a boston whaler in comparison.
on the subject of constuction, the boat in the picture was built by a high school shop class according to the write-up... and from the looks of it, they used 6 or 8/4 stock? I wonder if I could use spruce lumber by selecting clear 2x6 lumber (framing lumber from lowes/Home depot?) to keep cost down.
I'm in the southeast and priced some RWC yesterday. it runs about $5 a linier foot (1x8 stock).