Late Nights on Deck and Early Mornings Down Below

Ruth here:


“I got to enjoy my first beer on deck a couple of days ago when my brother was visiting. It will be the first of many. Before we know it we will be grilling oysters, drinking margaritas, and hosting fellow sea gypsies aboard.

Garrett’s been pushing the hours past when the sun feels like shinning this time of year. It’s crazy, it feels like we loose 20 to 30 minutes of light each day. The “fall-back” time change has made the impending winter real. We have to be honest; the cold and gloom does not treat our minds well. However, Rediviva is in a much different place this time around. Last year we had completed all the frames in September but working on the chine and finding the lumber to start the topside planking was a huge pain and took a painstaking amount of time. Entering November this year is much brighter with completing the deck base layers and getting the cabins built.


You can find us having morning coffee inside the boat discussing interior plans. Super exciting! Every morning the plan grows, shifts, and changes. If I tell you our intentions now they will only continue to morph into something else completely unrecognizable tomorrow…. Sorry… The main cabin walls are in and last night the walls of the focsle were completed. Some radical ideas have been thrown in and tossed out. Some perfectly normal thoughts have been expressed and rejected. It is hard when you have a blank canvas to know where to start or more so what concept to even decide on.

What I do know is that whatever we begin building is going to be great. Rediviva is so beautiful. I hope to only do right by her and then she’ll return the favor.

A prayer out to the space that determines the fate of such things:

Please help me help Garrett. Help Garrett stay motivated and feel accomplished. Keep our minds safe and sane with the depressive weather that surrounds us. Thank you for the support given even if I fail to see it.

Quarter Life Crisis

Ruth here:

“I often joke about building the boat being Garrett’s quarter life crisis. Buying a brand-new red sports car would have been easier! But no where near as challenging so Garrett couldn’t be bothered with such wants. Garrett turned 25 today so we already have a head start into his issues dealing with the fact he’s a quarter of a century old. Send your birthday love!


Today we work on the Cabins! We just got the plywood we needed to construct the walls yesterday thanks to some kind souls who helped us afford it!

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I was driving home late last night and heard this weird noise and realized when I pulled into our driveway I was listening to my music too load and failed to notice I had a flat tire! Blond, yes, I know… I promised Garrett I’d change it and he gave me this look like, “…okay..” He’s shown me how to change I tire in case of an emergency but I’ve never actually changed one out myself. I know you know this is not a big deal or any real accomplishment but I feel proud today because I did it for the first time by myself and can check that off the list of things to do before I die.

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My brother drove over from Boise, ID for the weekend so naturally we made food, drank beer, made fires, and sang out of tune!

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The second layer of the deck came out nicely! First layer is 3/8 and the second is 1/2 in. Plywood covers so much surface area!!!


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Thanks Everyone!