To all who were waiting for an update, sorry for the lack of progress lately. I haven’t had a lot of time nor the energy to work on the boat lately and it looks like 2009 will end as a bad building year (latest update figures time and cost Oktober 11).

In the meantime we made a rather big alteration on the house but not without a lot of struggling with the hometown building authorities. It seems I have patent on this and in fact we are still struggling with them.

Work on the house.

While sitting in the sunny garden this summer and looking at the successful work we did on the house we decided to cross out the idea of once moving to our “Dreamhouse”. That dream was living near the water with the boat along the garden jetty. This kind of villa’s were always far above our budget. However, it is a buyers market nowadays and while having peace with the decision to give up this apparently not realistic dream, last week that once in a lifetime opportunity came along. A radical turnover lead today in buying a house with a private harbor on the South side of the IJsselmeer, without any bridges or locks to pass and with plenty of room (33’x40′) for the unfolded F39, very rare in this little country.

Our new home and private harbour

This also answers the question that several friends and colleagues had asked me before, “where the heck will you moor such a large yacht?”
Being optimistic (one of the necessary qualifications of a part-time boat builder) my standard answer has always been, “no idea, time will tell!”
Well, now we know 🙂 

So, I have to give up my cozy workshop and will continue the building in the workshop of the company I work for. Much more room, but also not at home, which was a major condition to undertake this huge building project. This of course is a temporal solution with the necessity of getting in a hurry. This means from now on I will focus on finishing the F39 on the outside and get her in the water to tie her up along the jetty of our new home. Further work on interior, hardware and rigging will be delayed till she is at home again.
I now have a house with a big garage (or small workshop) for sale ….. anyone?


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