This book is great. Very inspiring and the moment I picked it up I just wanted to start building. I think the layout of the book is very logical and well written from a builders point of view with lots of hints and tips and what appears to be very good guidance. Of course the proof is in the pudding and I will have to get on and start building to actually tell if it is any good or not. You would easily spend the same money shopping for just one of the plans of any of the three canoes included in this book.Cost of the build is not really covered, I guess it will change from year to year and from supplier to supplier. A new fiberglass or plastic canoe for the family will start around £450+. Using this book you will get something far more durable and (depending on how you finish it) classy for less than £300. Be warned, good Marine ply is not cheap.