Building your Dream Boat!!
by David Econopouly
It started off as a dream, like most of
my adventures.....build a boat with my girlfriend, Carolyn, my
good friend Rod who I attended High School with in Greece and
his girlfriend, Pam. Once the 53 foot ketch was completed we would
sail down to the Caribbean and set up a sailing/scuba charter
We got as far as buying the plans....and then the bad news hit.....Pam
was pregnant. That put a crimp in the plans and when Carolyn told
me she didn't want to move south with me to build the boat....that
pretty much put an end to the 53-footer.
I moved down to LI, New York alone and
began working a series of jobs. Dreams die hard for me...and there
was always that itch to build the boat and sail off. I read all
the books I could on boatbuilding.....talked to anyone I met on
a sailboat or had experience building them.... read countless
catalogues with boat plans....
I had very little money and no experience
building anything save a little birdhouse in the backyard and
a couple of shelves where my dad's dishwasher used to be. What
I did have was the desire to build a boat...and so I began...
I bought a set of plans and tacked them
on my attic ceiling above my bed... before going to bed at night
and after waking up in the morning, I would stare at the plans...trying
to understand each step before I reached it.
My big move came when I bought a friend's
VW for $1300 and sold it for $2100. With the money I bought lumber
to build a temporary structure, and enough resin and fiberglass
to get the project underway....
The following 30+ pictures document the
4 1/2 year process of building Blue Winds.....
To Boat Building....
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