Do you remember this? I do. March 2015, and the build has begun. 2 years ago we started laying the foundation that would house Rediviva. We didn’t even know her name at this point. So many things were unknown. I can feel it quite clearly. The excitement of our fresh readiness.
(Below) Recap of Year #1, 2015
March 2016, year #2, she stands tall. We wrap planks around her ribs to keep her warm. We put an engine in her belly. We open the walls of her home to give her air in the summer and tuck her back in for the long winter. We eat wild strawberries at her feet and drink coffee on her bow. We find tall straight trees for her sails to stretch out from. We lay her deck down and the structure she requires. We buy her gifts of lumber and place them at her sides.
(Below) Recap of Year #2, 2016
Today, March 2017, we look forward to the day she can leave the woods behind her. We’re cleaning up her mark on this spot. Finishing her cabin top and moving onto her interior is electrifying. Soon we’ll caulk her seems, sand, and paint her hull! Closer to summer the goal is to dismantle the shed. Can you believe that! We’ll actually be able see Rediviva outside in the open air, free from the shell she was born in.
And for now, the aim is to transport her to San Francisco in the fall. Transitioning there into year #4 we will rig her, launch her, and sea trial in the bay until we all feel ready to set out to sea for good (maybe even the following fall (2018???)) Through the gate and turn left!