I have long held the belief that a great way to get started in boat building is not with a complicated project but with one that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time, and for reasonable cost. Stitch and glue boatbuiilding is where ply panels are temporarily held together with copper wire and then the joints are covered with epoxy and fiberglass cloth. In the old days this used to be polyester resin but this resin did not bond well tdone the ply and was apt to fail.
I've built a fair few stitch and glue boats in my time and it is a fairly fast and rewarding wa y to construct a boat. The kits from CLC are cut with a CNC router and thus almost guaranteed to go together well without errors, almost like building a large plastic model airplane kit of the type that I'm sure you pu together as a lad or ladess.
You need to take your time but once you do you'll end up with a craft which you can be proud of and you're almost guaranteed success. This is more a woodworking project than a boat building project and as such you are likely to have all that you need in the garage toolkit already, any supplementary tools can be bought at reasonable cost.
This is the first in a series of videos which are available on the CLC site which explain in some detail how you build the stitch and glue boat.