Two steps forward, one step backwards. That has been the rhythm of the work because every decision and form is connected to each other. Old principle where the form follows the function is our rule number one. But because design work is a balancing act and art of making compromises the rule is challenging to follow.
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We have used as much secondhand or waste materials as possible when renovating original Li. Here is one little example. I have collected pieces of aluminium rod from worksites. The rod is used for supporting concrete molds. In the pictures below you can see their new life!
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The movie of Voyage that has inspired me to carry on through tough times. The movie made by Yves Gélinas is also the evidence that there is still the world where money and status aren’t the highlights of life.
The movie also teaches that we just have to accept our mistakes and carry on trying!
I wrote an email to Yves in year 2012 to thank him about giving courage to believe that sailing dreams can come true. To my delight Yves replied and found to be as warm and real person that you can recognize in the movie.
I believe that memories and experiences are the most expensivecapital of life.
Please watch the trailer of the movie With Jean du Sud Around the World!
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When we bought Li she had been badly neglected and had been on hard eight years. You can see in the pictures below the terrible mess inside of the hull when I first time took of the floor boards in 2011! After cleaning the hull looked fine. Only the areas where coins, pieces of electric wire, rust from old tools and other harmful trashes had been sitting for decades showed some surface corrosion. So the coin corroding trough aluminium hull is a myth.
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Spring and early summer have been full of work. We had lots of dive inspections of waterway bridges and after that I have been editing videos, images and scanner material for reports. The office work, which I don’t really enjoy. And in the middle of all that working also with the design project.
High hopes of sailing in August! Yesterday I painted the antifouling. The neighbor had a party and they played loud the Janis Joplin’s hit song released in 1968. Maybe the song has been listened also in first sailing season of the Li!