Thanks everyone for the welcome. Its great to know others have built and got to the end and a re still sane! You are all sane, aren't you?
Thanks for the words of advice alpin. They make a lot of sense.
The boat will be our home, it is an investment in our future, so we are building it with care. We know it is not a cheap
option, but it has been a dream of my husbands for many years to build it himself, and it means we will not be in debt by buying
a boat either, which is important to us. The build is exciting, challenging, hard work
, exhilirating, and frustrating all at once! But you all have probably experienced this yourselves when you built. WE work
hard every weekend and generally make good progress, however things took a strange turn last weekend when we set our rented bush block on fire with the plasma cutter
and had to call the fire brigade to put it out (that took several hours and a few water
dumps from a helicopter.....sorry neighbours.....) the boat was ok (thank goodness for steel). It was all very ironic as we were supposed to go to the annual viking boat burning at the crusing yacht club that evening....thiers was cancelled due to a total fire burn that day! They could have come to ours......
I am constantly dreaming of the days when it is finished, but want to enjoy the journey there too. We have joined the local crusing yacht club and plan to get to know other cruisers here. They hold wet season racing
here and there may be a chance for us to volunteer to crew to get some "thrown in the deep end" experience. We will also take sailing lessons
next dry season (next april).
I will try to post a few pictures of where we are up to, once I have worked out how. I will try to put them in my gallery under my profile.
We are also going to set up a blog and try to post regularly there about our progress so will put up the link once we have set it up.
Once again, thanks for your welcome. I look forward to many more conversations.