OK, I’ve cleaned out the garage and organized my work bench. Now, I’ve just got to crack open this giant crate.

This is the boat kit I ordered from Glen-L boat building company in California. I could’ve built the whole boat from scratch, but the guy at Glen-L warned against it. The way he put it: “Nobody ever got a boat kit and wished they hadn’t. But, plenty of people opt to go without the kit and wish they hadn’t.”

I did decide against the buying the boat-building book that Glen-L sells for $35. The guy made it sound like the instructions that came with the boat kit would be easy enough to follow. He said plenty of amateur builders bought the book but never had to crack it. Sure, I thought, why waste the 35 bucks?

Then I opened the instructions. Here are two of the eight pages:

The book should be here by Tuesday.