I love woodwork, and would love to do all the renovation work on the boat myself, however If the boat had to wait for me to carve out enough time to do it the kids would be grown up and left home by the time it got finished! Inevitably I have to compromise and commission the work from others. It means that each year Eileen’s renovation actually progresses, that said renovation by mobile phone┬ájust can’t compete with the dusty satisfaction of doing a woodworking job yourself. On my previous boat ‘Onward’ I was able to spend a contented Winter listening to the radio whilst building the back cabin. I thoroughly enjoyed being fully immersed in the process. These days I have to make do with text conversations with John the Carpenter and eagerly awaiting a text message showing a photograph of the early stages of the work he’s doing… (Picture by Nick Holt)

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