We are in the middle of a three-day battle weekend, although there will only be a morning battle tomorrow. I'll be in my shop next weekend if you want to come up to Statesboro and see the boats. I will also be assembling a 3D printer on my tablesaw (since it's the most reliably flat surface around these parts). But I think I can show you some stuff that may be useful for when you present to the board, and talk about tools (only a few are critical, and they're not expensive). I also have a ship that I made from a $7 piece of cheap sand pine plywood. One 4x8 sheet of 1/4 plywood could probably yield 6 to 8 ships, properly used. I also have a crap-ton of open-source (and hence free of copyright) plans for ships. Might be a fun day if you can make it up here Not sure when the next local battle will be; We might do one in June, but I'm having carpal tunnel surgery soon and won't be able to lift anything for a bit.