grew up in the fishing port of Newhaven. A large chunk of my youth was spent messing about on and
around the various hulks dotted about
the place. This led me to develop an affinity and fondness for all
boats and especially sailing craft. After many jobs based in the
marine sector I heard my calling and decided to marry my woodwork
skills into the equation by enrolling into what was, then and probably
still is the best wooden boat-building course in England: at Lowestoft.
apprenticeship changed my life dramatically and felt like a
natural step forward. Roughly a year later, and purely through
chance, Hugo and I were able to propose to Steve and Jason that
we build them the boat they needed to cross the major oceans.
Not being foolish, they accepted without hesitation (although
they werent to know until after completing the Atlantic
that this was the first commercial boat Hugo and
I were to build together!). And so the designer Alan Boswell
was commissioned to draw up the plans and the project began,
albeit on a shoestring.
Moksha was a perfect opportunity for us boat-builders to consolidate
our skills and steer a project from its conception as plans,
right through to the final sea trials a year later.
back, I feel proud and lucky to have been involved with such a project
and look forward to its continuing success and eventual home-coming.
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