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.


6 thoughts on “Late Nights on Deck and Early Mornings Down Below

  1. Wow, I love those inside the cabin pictures. You can just feel it coming together. It’s really real. Still a lot to do, I know. But just think – she would float now! How great is that. Hang in, hang in, hang in, dude and dudette!


    1. Thanks Tony,
      We’re not too far from the Columbia River, maybe 20 miles. We plan to use a boat moving company to transport her to San Francisco, maybe in the spring time, and launch there.


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