Here’s a video of the boat I built in my garage. I finished her last summer but had to wait for a new motor to enjoy my fruits of my labor properly. She hasn’t disappointed me at all. I must admit that the first time I took the boat out on the large swells of the ocean, I had a moment of trepidation. What would happen if she hit a wave and just cracked open like a walnut? But, all that oak, screws, glue and fiberglass have clearly done the job. Click here if you’d like see the progress on the boat over the past three years — certainly the most challenging project I’ve ever tackled. And that includes the doctoral dissertation.

Anyhoo, I’m enjoying The Shackleton immensely during my summer in the United States. I’ll miss her and mid-coast Maine when I return to the United Arab Emirates in September.