I'm late to the party, so feel free to disregard these ideas. These considerations are only food for thought, not trying to say they are right.New Friends,
I'd like to build a long/skinny skiff for my NOS Minn-Kota trolling motor to push about for crappie fishing & wonder if anyone has a set of "study plans" for the WHISP (or something similar) that I can look at.
What I'm looking for is to NOT have to try to build something as complicated as the WHISP but something simpler (I fear that my "minimal woodworking skills" are not up to building the lapstrake hull of the Whisp.) that will be as easy to drive with a trolling motor, that will "fish" Darla & I comfortably, set/tend a trotline or set hooks & that I can quickly complete with "tack & tape" construction & that is light enough for the 2 of us to "cartop" on my old MB S-type sedan.
Based on your stated intended use , a "john boat" design could be a good choice.
Troll motor powered = motor won't complain that it is not the most efficient hull. Can be rowed or paddled if necessary.
Very stable for trot lining and other fishing with two people moving around in the boat.
It could be made shorter than the skiff = easier to load (car top) and launch. It may not weigh less but will be handier and seem lighter.