This is the start of a new project, since I was a little kid I have wanted to build a boat someday. It all started with my Grandpa Don, in 1962 he built a boat from scratch from some Glen L plans, and much of my childhood was spent on that boat.
About the time I was 10 I got my hands on an plan Catalog from Glen L, and I was bit by the bug I wanted to build a boat of my own someday. As well at the time in the Mid 90's Highlander was on TV still airing new episodes and it was one of my favorite shows, the season in Paris where Duncan lived on the barge heavily influenced me in wanting to live on a boat.
Then in 1999 after the death of a very good friend in a car accident I wound up dropping out of high school and joined the Navy and during my time in the Navy I spent a good portion of it working at the base marina which is where I discovered sailing even though I only went a few times.
In 2007 I moved to Texas for a while and got a job welding on the USS Lexington, there I did a lot of work on the ship learned a lot of skills and I went to school at the local college for welding and CNC machining. After working on the Lex I ran my own welding shop for a few years. Then in 2011 I was in a bad car accident where I broke my back and got really messed up. I spent 3 years out of work, I had to shut my shop down, it was a pretty sucky ordeal.
I wanted to return to welding when I went back to work but my body still was not ready so I went back to over the road trucking for a while.
I bought a truck and a trailer and I am currently in the process of paying it off. I still have a lot of my welding equipment and next year once the truck is paid off I am going to start working towards building a 55' Sail Boat.
After a lot of thought and careful research I have decided to go with a Glen L Lodestar. Originally I was going to build a diesel trawler, but considering I want to eventually sail around the world, it would take hundreds of thousands of dollars in diesel fuel to do so, so a sail boat it will be!
These are photos from Glen L showing the design I have chosen.
I really like the layout of this boat because each state room has its own entryway, and there are 3 bathrooms each containing a shower.
As well my best friend Charles is going to be joining me on this adventure helping me build the boat and sailing it with me. So having a berth for him, one for me and having them at opposite ends of the boat will be great to help us not get on each others nerves in close quarters. Then we will have the 3rd state room for when guests come to visit.
I am going to keep this introduction brief as I will be updating it later, in my next post I will be sharing 3d renderings of the boat that I have created from the plans I bought, and I will share those with you. As well we will be starting a YouTube channel based on the boat and I will be posting those videos here as they are uploaded.