My thanks to Peter and Sam for their input.
Sam pretty much confirmed my thoughts that one needs to pay attention
to what they are getting into with any boat. Of course one needs to
be more careful with some boats than others.
Peter points out that one wants to be careful in varying from the
design provided. I agree. I was thinking in terms of what I would
ask PB&F to provide in design change. I'm comfortable taking
responsibility for some sensible superstructure changes. I don't
want to mess with the design below the gunwales.
I also appreciate Peter's concern about investment, (not just in $$s).
My intent is for this boat to be an entry point, used to decide what
I like/don't like about liveaboard as a style. I'm an experienced
tent camper, and will use this first boat to camp with for a few days
at a time. I intend to use it for a while and then sell it. The
only question is what will come after.
Because of the temporary nature of the need, I find myself favoring
simple and light, which means the Idaho.