Harry's Boat

To start, building a boat isn't easy. Mine just got bigger and bigger. More ambitious. Longer, wider, faster. Ocean capable. Round the world even. A trimaran, and fast, over 40 knots. Able to do 500 miles in any 12 hour run at sea.  Its almost there, the hull that is. Ten sections of fibreglass structure all ready to bolt and stick together. Up till now its taken endless hours and probably GB£40,000. Just one issue now, the machinery. Cost? GB£60,000 all in, including the water jets.  OK, I'll admit its an ambitious project for an apprentice marine engineer. Maybe too ambitious? Who knows. I'll get there somehow. No point giving up now. The design is great, and the tests prove it. I'm also working on the day job maintaining and repairing a fleet of small boats. So I have a good understanding of what's good, bad and ugly. My boat is a bit of a dream boat, but why not? Its a fast boat,  Its a trimaran,  I want it to run in coastal and open seas. It should be a fine sea boat according to my tank tests. I started designing it when I was 13, now I'm 20. I started building it at 15. Now its about ready to bolt together, refined and braced for a life on the ocean. My intention is to study naval architecture at university. And I want to live on this boat during my studies. So it has a practical purpose as well as anything else. I wanted to build the boat also to show the university what I could do. So that's it. My story. A very young boat builder, with design aspirations. A marine engineer, almost. And almost there with this 18m monster, longer than most trucks on the road. And just as fast.
We all have a dream, this is mine.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Harry.


Harry Baird

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