Snow Drift

6 Responses

  1. Jacques says:

    Hi Neil,

    Same for me, this winter has been tough and I cant take the cold anymore. I have placed the bar at 0 degree C. Under, I do not even go to the barn. Am I getting old or what? Same feeling: the time wasted, the lack of energy and sometime totally losing steam on the project.
    My brother will be back on April to help me again, this is tremendous motivation to restart seriously as soon as the weather gives up. I would be ashamed if he find that i have been lazy.


  2. Nonthawat says:

    Hi Neil. Not much snow on the Isle of Man at sea level. I had to take the boys up to the mountain at the weekend to play in the snow. A bit too cold though and we didn’t stay long. No snow laying in Ramsey this winter yet. Early days though. The last time we we able to build a snow man in the back garden was in March 2006!
    All the best, Paul.
    PS. I’m still dreaming of my old Hinenoa. I am sorely tempted to find the money somehow and buy the plans and build ‘Sebastian II’.

  3. Nonthawat says:

    I must preview my posts in future! Isn’t it always the way; the second time you read your own post is the time you see all the typos? 😮

  4. Beat Rettenmund says:

    What a beautiful picture, Neil! Here in California we’re at the other end of the spectrum with one of the mildest winters on record. January, where usually 25% of the years rain comes pouring down, saw summer like weather all the way through. I was happily glassing my bamboo spars on the pier with rolled up sleeves and am now one step closer to sailing away into the blue yonder in June.
    That’s where you are headed too, my friend! So relax, enjoy the scenery before it all melts away and you’ll be confined once again to the barn…
    Hope this helps!

  5. Martin says:


    I know I am always the one with a "better" winter story but what can I do, I live in beautiful but very cold Canada. No word of a lie, the folks on the radio yesterday were talking about how mild and enjoyable it was with… -12C! No worries, this morning we are back to -22C with howling winds that make it feel like -31C. My only saving grace is my heated garage. However, I never thought that this 900 square feet garage would feel small. With my second hull now turned, it is sure getting cramped in there. I guess we all face challenges during the course of such a project.

    Your forced break might actually be a blessing in disguise. I was stuck at work for the last month and didn’t touch the boat but now I am starting two weeks of leave full of energy and motivation to crack on. We shall see where the second hull gets in two weeks but I have high hopes. Enjoy the forced break, concentrate on other things that must get done and come Spring, you will be back in full force at the barn.



  6. Windy says:

    You may want to use this time to take stock, settle into the "grind" of your new job and mentally gear up to starting again when the weather is better. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Gleda awaits and when the time is right so will you be. As you say, you will be reaaly annoyed if your workmanship is below your usual high standards due to you being unrealistic. She is looking fab and a winter break, even for a few weeks, doesn’t diminish your achievement. Dream Well.

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