The Journey Begins

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You want to build a what? That has pretty much been the reaction so far. I have been dreaming about this project now for over a year, but to be honest, I am not sure exactly where this dream came from. My brother loved to sail, but I have only been out on a sailboat once, and even though it was an awesome experience and I loved it, the dream of building and sailing my own sailboat is a little more of a recent phenomena.

Ok, here is a true confession. Now don’t laugh! I am afraid that part of the inspiration for this dream is from John Candy’s movie “Summer Rental.” In the movie John Candy plays an over worked air-traffic controller (Jack Chester) who takes his family on a summer vacation and ends up learning to sail from an old buccaneer named Scully.

Scully [Discussing the ocean] She’ll make ya rich, or she’ll feed ya to the fishes. If she wants you to dance, sonny boy, you’ve got to follow her lead.
Jack Chester (John Candy): Didn’t I read that on your bathroom wall?
Scully: Yes. And it’s as true today as when I hung it there.

One day while looking at a kayak website, I happened upon a sailboat called “Pocketship” and fell immediately in love. It is small enough that you can build it in a garage, and it can also be pulled behind a small vehicle. On the other hand, it is large enough for four people to sail and two can comfortably sleep in the roomy interior.

Here is the link to Pocketship’s website:

Now here is the bad news. First of all, I have never built a boat before, and the second problem is that I have no idea how to sail. The good news is that 10 years ago I didn’t know anything about being a minister either and look at me today:) (Of course there may be those who say that I still don’t know anything about being a minister, but that’s beside the point:)

Back in June I ordered the plans and the 280 page construction manual. After three months of studying, planning, dreaming and prayers, I finally took the plunge and ordered the kit. I found out today that the kit will be ready to be picked up sometime around November 5th. (Can I possibly wait that long???)

I hope that you will travel with me as the adventure to build Pocketship “Journey” has officially begun.


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