About

Hi, and welcome to The Gleda Project.

This is us, Neil and Gail.


If it’s your first time here you probably have questions. Questions like what’s ‘Gleda’ and what’s the project?

Glad you asked.

‘Gleda’ is a James Wharram designed Tiki 38 catamaran. In medieval England there were girls named ‘Gleda’ (pronounced GLAYDA). They may well have had Viking fathers. The word means ‘to make happy’………. She does.

I built ‘Gleda’ myself. It took years and thousands of hours work. That was just the start of the project.

Productive insanity it was.

Have a look at the TIMELINE page and scroll down the photos, you’ll see what I mean.

Why did I do it? Over to Mr Ransome. He describes it better than I ever could.

Houses, are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition. I admit, doubtfully, as exceptions, snail-shells and caravans. The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting-place. It is for that reason, perhaps, that, when it comes, the desire to build a boat is one of those that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon. It ends by covering the whole sky, so that you can think of nothing else. You must build to regain your freedom.
Arthur Ransome – Racundra’s First Cruise (Chapter 1), 1923

‘Gleda’ first floated in July 2014.

She became our permanent home. Note the ‘our’ there.

It was my dream to build a boat and go sailing, I thought I’d be doing it alone.

I never dreamed I’d get to share my dream with a dream girl like Gail.

I’m a lucky guy.

We sailed away from Falmouth UK in May 2015. Now we’re in the Mediterranean.

The Gleda Project is about change, it’s about growth.

It’s about living a better life.

The purpose of this blog is to entertain, awaken and inspire. 

We hope you’ll sail along with us a while.