As I count down the hours until the long weekend begins, I think about all the ‘projects’ I’ve started that I should probably try and finish in this free time. These projects, some which have been going for maybe a year or two, lay in my studio subconsciously weighing me down. Two years seems like eternity to be working on one thing. At least that is what I thought.

I remember back to the first time I met my partner’s parents. As we drove up into the hills I pondered what we could possibly talk about.

It wasn’t until I arrived (and instantly remembered Bobby’s casual comment ‘my dad is building a boat in the front yard’) that I realised there was no way we’d run out of conversation. When I imagined someone building a boat I imagined a dingy – not a 30 ft yacht! For Bobby though, this was normal.

This was the day that I met one of the most committed and inspirational men I have come in contact with, and also one of the most awe-inspiring personal projects of all time . Its hard not to feel insanely proud of Fred’s achievement.

Fred began his yacht ‘Alma J’ way back in 1979. Before he was married and certainly before he had 4 children. He was a boiler maker of trade so the art of welding is second nature to him. Over the last 33 years he has made almost everything you see and attention to detail is something I can really appreciate within this project. The embossed dates and names bring a sense of history and personality. They place Fred’s mark on what is the project of a lifetime.

Hopefully soon, ‘Alma J’ and Fred will make their maiden voyage together. We just need to overcome the one (mammoth) hurdle of getting it out of the hills and into the ocean. I can not wait.




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  1. March 9, 2012

    Fred is amazing! I want to be his best friend.

    In all seriousness, this IS the most impressive side projects I’ve ever seen. You must all be thrilled to see it get to this point!

    PS. Please invite me to the first boat ride.

  2. Jacinta #
    March 12, 2012

    Wow! So amazing, something you would see in a movie! Go Fred 🙂

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