I am not much of a wood worker, certainly not a craftsman in any way. Building this boat will be an experiment and a learning process for me from the first day.
The challenge of doing something new, out of my comfort zone, is appealing to me. I look forward to the many hours of applied study during this project. My learning methods are to immerse myself in the task at hand and research as much as possible before moving forward.
I don’t know how the boat will turn out, but I am committed to a quality construction, using quality materials and finishes.
(March 2011) A lot has been accomplished on “Alice Gail”. I am so pleased with the Ebihen design and the build so far. The boat has exceeded all my expectations and desires during the building process. I am closing in on the final build steps, (just a few more months I think) and I am excited to get her on the water. I am a little nervous about being finished. So much of my available time for the past year and a half have been spent on the pleasures of the build, that I am afraid I may become a bit melancholy. I have never been in any hurry to complete any single phase of the build. Each part has been a new experience and I can only say that if you have any desire to follow your dreams of building a boat then please don’t hesitate, jump right in, use the Internet to learn what you don’t know, buy a few of the great reference books available, obtain the right tools and have a great time.
(November 2011) Alice Gale is finished and launched. A number of sailing days have been completed and I have a few more ideas for future changes. I am currently blogging my adventures now rather then the building process. All in all, two years after starting the building of Alice Gale, I have to say that this has been one of, if not the greatest activity of my life. I could not have been happier the past two years having the opportunity to create a boat I am extremely proud of. I exceeded my expectations in every way. I had no idea that I would be capable of making a boat, much less one that has received such high praise from the people that are most important to me. I truly believe that I have grown exponentially as a person, and not just as a craftsmen, but as a general human being with an increased ability to speak, share, and engage with others. Strange that such a singular activity as my boat building was, how it progressed over time into a common subject and point of contact for so many others. Now that I am traveling with Alice Gale, I have had the opportunity to interact with many individuals. It is quite rewarding to have a conversation with a stranger who simply wants to admire and appreciate a fine looking trailerable boat.