As Nemo says, It truly is the finish work that takes the most time.
Even with the work I do at the marina, it is always the finish, fine tuning that takes the most time. Now that I have done it for so long, the time it takes me to get it ready for paint is significantly less than when I started.
Everyone, keep up the good work on these little boats, and post pictures! I am sure I am not the only one wanting to see what friends are building!