Bob wanted to build a wooden boat, from plans, complete with his own forms, for a very long time. The dream had to be put on hold for various reasons, making a living was of course the main one...working at running your own business as a sole proprietor is not easy. Doing all the books, making appointments, meeting with customers, not to mention doing all the labor - well, when is there time in a day to do any extra's beyond the needful essentials and the farm maintenance?
So there she sits, waiting for just the right time to spend the hours, weeks, months to get a huge project complete. It has been a labor of love. All the planing, reading books, looking on line for some of the more difficult "how to's" ...you could say it has been intense, well worth it though. Every hour, he didn't keep track of how many, except to say it took the majority of one full year to complete, has been worth the stretching, aggravation, total immersion, patience - a huge accomplishment...very satisfying. The family was totally behind all this effort. They all knew how much this has meant to Bob to finish this task. Even Bob's father, who has been diagnosed with cancer in Oct 2015...dad is still here with us. Our hope had been to complete the haven 12.5 quick enough for him to take the maiden voyage . He was not strong enough to get into the boat but both he and mom came to the launch and watched while we 'put her in'. She floats! Great first step, launched she was - and as we made our way around the little harbor in Havre de Grace MD at Tydings Park Marina we could just feel dads proud thoughts sent our way. Dad was a sailor at heart and owned several fine sail boats until he was unable to handle them because of his health. What a privilege to share the day with him, even though he wasn't able to sail along. However, we did take along our daughter, she desires to learn how to sail. Looking forward to summer winds.