The first thing we need to do is research the project. This is very important as you want to know the boat your building is for you.
Look at what your going to use it for and try a pick a desgin that suits you. I have gone with the rebel as with enough horsepower it can pull a skeir or doghnut or other water toys.
A very good site for research is the Glen L site. They have a really good fourom on there too with lots of helpfull folks.
Also there are some books that will be needed.
Boatbuilding-with-plywood? for me is near dam essential
If your into sail then look for Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding . this gent wrote the book on budget boat building and I would be happy taking any of his boats out into deep blue water.
For kayacks or cannoes then Canoecraft or his kayack book