I've been on this site for a while so I guess it's time I introduced myself.
I'm Brent Swain. I bought a 36 foot ferro
at the ripe old age of `19 , finished her off and set sail for New Zealand
at the ripe old age of 23. I spent two years cruising the South Pacific
in her before she blew aground and broke up at Beachcomber island in Fiji
. I shipped home what I could salvage
off her, built a 29 ft steel sloop
and sailed back to French polynesia
for the winter. I cruised BC waters for the next ten years , and after designing and building steel
origami boats for others I built my current
boat "Easy street "a 31 ft steel twin keeler. I sailed her to Mexico
, and two trips to Tonga
and back to BC as well as 20 years of cruising 11 months a year in BC. All has been
I work about a month a year helping others get their dream boats together, and cruise
the rest. Money
problems are easily solved
by minimising the amount you need.
I wrote a book on origami metal boatbuilding which along with sale
of plans ,subsidises my cruising.