Union Jack by David Ainge, Townsville, Autralia

October 21, 2008

I started building Union Jack Easter 2002. I was still earning a living until the end of 2005 so building was restricted to evenings and weekends. Fortunately we live on acreage so I was able to build at home, which was a great time-saver. I could do an hour or two at a time, without wasting time travelling to a building site (or having to go back home to fetch something). After I retired at the end of 2005 I was able to work more or less full-time on the project for part of the year. From start to finish I spent about 4000 hours on the boat. Thirty years ago I took 3000 hours to build a 37ft plywood yacht, so I knew what I was in for this time.

I am very happy to discuss my experiences with anyone else who is building.

Editor's Note: See David's fascinating recount of his boatbuilding experience in the Glen-L.com Project Registry .