Building An Aluminum Boat In South Africa

An old Perkins 6.354 diesel engine out of a farm truck that they are salvaging for S/V Eva

To continue our series on different ways to get out voyaging, here is a link to an interesting site about the build of a near sister ship to Hamish & Kate Laird’s Seal, one of the most interesting aluminum boats we have ever seen.

The builders are a young couple with very young children who plan to build a boat and go voyaging rather than focusing on the more conventional purchase at their point in life: a house. Judging from the engine and winches they have selected, they are being careful with money too.

Framing the aluminum hull of S/V Eva

Good on ‘em, we say.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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