Time flies, deadlines whoosh, building a boat proceeds at snail’s pace.

My wife was right. She always is.

Reason to prove her wrong?

In September the thought popped up: “I can complete this boat in 90 days”.

Those 90 days: been and gone. Much progress, but not enough.

Carpentry is done. Now I’m sanding. Have been for two weeks: bog, sand, bog, sand, paint hi-build primer, sand, sand, sand. Smooth as a baby’s bottom, ahem, from 2 metres.

Next up: topcoat.

Then paint the inside, fit hatches and windows, lift up boat, paint underside of bridgedeck, fit the luff boards, make and fit rudders, stand the mast and rigging, fit outboard engine, fit solar panel, wiring, battery and lights, fit all the sailing paraphernalia, slap on some antifouling.

Then: Splash.

I have the sails. I have the outboard engine. The rigger has gone from ‘mid-November’ to ‘soon’ to very quiet, and the trailer man’s ‘this week’ has turned into ‘busy’.

The rains have begun, the cyclone season is here. What’s there to be unhappy about!

Watch this space.



About the author Rien

dutch by birth 🇳🇱 | australian by choice 🇦🇺 | type 1 diabetic 💉 | married ❤️⚭ | grandfather 👴🏻 | fujifilm photographer 📷 | boat builder and sailor ⛵️ | seeker no more 🚫📖

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  1. I like the part about your wife always being right 🙂
    The boat has come along well. A couple more months is nothing – I can already imagine that first trip!

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  2. Geweldig Rien, wat een mooie boot is het al. Ben erg benieuwd naar de volgende fotoserie. Veel succes. Groet, Carel

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    1. Dank je, Carel. Deze week hoop ik er wat verf op te smeren. De week daarna is het familiefeest en Kerst. Dan zal er weinig van komen. Not to worry!



  3. Deadlines aside, it is a major undertaking and it looks great.

    Your wife being always right might have something to do with genealogy.

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    1. Thanks, Edi. Trieste or Auburn? I think I know the answer 😄



      1. Spot on


  4. Hello Rien, my name is Alex my wife and I are thinking very seriously about building an Eco 6 Catamaran, we’re currently studying Mr. Kohler’s plans. We’ve been obsessively looking through your blog and photos to better understand the design and how it’s.

    We’d love to get in touch with you and hear your advice based on your experience so far.

    Hope to hear from you




    1. Hello Alex. I have sent you an email. Let me know if you haven’t received it.



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