I am a new UK member and have just bought the Whitehall Jr plans and the partial kit of parts. It should be on its way as we speak.
I live in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham, so that's about as far away from the sea as you can get, so no rough waters for me! I am really looking forward to getting the plans, but cannot promise how speedy the build will be as I am busy building a brewery at the bottom of the garden, It has cost £1500 so far and has lots of shiny stainless steel and copper wort cooling coils....... No beer yet though.
If any UK owners wish to get in contact, feel free. It would be nice to see one of Platt's little marvels in the flesh, but there cannot be many over here! Anyone know how many?
I did live in Plymouth for ages, and while there I spent 15 years working for Walker Wingsail. I was involved in building the wings for the boats. As luck would have it, they were covered in Dacron, so I have zero qualms about skinning the boat as I have done several acres of the stuff! My woodworking skills are only average. Perhaps I should make the ribs out of stainless steel! I'm very good at that, and it polishes up a treat :o)