She’s Afloat……..Properly!

25 Responses

  1. Spencer says:

    Congratulations and job well done! Three cheers for the Captain! Hip, Hip….

  2. Roger says:

    Congratulations Neil,

    I’ve been following your blog since 2000 hrs, and it is great to see you in the water after all that hard work. Now we can all look forward to hearing about your travels, and tech tips on sailing as opposed to building!


  3. David Ryan says:


  4. Michael Stephani says:

    HIP HIP HOORAY!!! I am shooting salute for you!

  5. Enviable! All the best, have a great time and fair winds!


  6. Darren says:

    Congratulations !

    I reread all your blog over the weekend , what an amazing journey , well done Sir :o)

  7. JonK says:

    Congratulations Neil!

    What a fantastic achievement!

    Gleda looks fabulous and finally at home.

    (Still hope to get to meet you one day!)

    And Cornish Champagne? is that a posh Scrumpy?

  8. Olivier says:


  9. jon sutton says:

    Bit further to the showers now!

    Great to see her surrounded by water at last

  10. Martin says:

    Well done Neil! Absolutely fantastic job from a few sheets of ply to a wonderful ship. Fantastic!!

  11. Eric Dobson says:

    So glad to see a proper celebration! I’ve been wondering when you would reach the point where you feel like you’ve *arrived*. Though there’s still work to be done and I know you can’t wait to have her sailing, it seems like you’ve reached that point. You’re living properly on the water, and the rest will surely follow. A great milestone indeed!

    As always, I’ll be eagerly anticipating updates!

  12. Ian Bamsey says:

    Well done Neil. You’ll soon be there. I look forward to your first trip to the Exe?

  13. Darren says:


    If I may be so bold as to ask , could we get a video of when you sail her for the 1st time (a fixed camera I think as you will be kind of busy :o) )

    I really enjoyed the Vids you have done and it would be a fitting end to this marvelous build blog/Vlog.

    Thank you !

  14. Peter says:

    She looks fantastic Neil. I saw Jacques “Pilgrim” slide into the water and at that moment she “came to life”. I’m sure that seeing “Gleda” floating gave you the same thrill- there really is a change when they get wet. Continued success!!

  15. Chuck! says:

    These things float??? I thought they just sit in cradles! I’ll make a note.

  16. Dave Vinnicombe says:

    Hi Neil

    Congratulations! What a fantastic achievement! I have followed your blog with great interest. Although not all of our trials and tribulations are the same, building a Tiki 38 is an adventure all of its own!

    Gleda will fulfil every dream you have had and more!

    All the best

  17. Philip Ritson says:

    Can I just say, your deck pod looks inspired!

  18. Congratulations Neil! Now you will enjoy your work.



  19. Trevor says:

    Well done Neil, she looked fantastic tied up alongside, even better out on the mooring!

  20. Thomas says:

    It’s a good feeling isn’t it! After a grueling week of work for me, I’m about to step aboard and take off for a few. You you lucky sod live aboard-love it everyday.

  21. Thomas says:

    It’s a good feeling isn’t it! After a grueling week of work for me, I’m about to step aboard and take off for a few. You you lucky sod live aboard-love it everyday.

  22. BoatSmith says:

    Most Bitchin

  23. mike says:

    Just Beautiful. Congrats!!!

  24. Congratulations! The work will NEVER be done, get her rigged, trialed, then sail away. All of the little stuff can be done in the many scenic anchorages you will visit.

  25. Ken says:

    She looks great, you must be sooooooo happy and proud – deservedly so!

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