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PocketShip Build Timeline

A chronological track of the key steps in the building of ‘Dreams Won’t Wait.’ Hopefully this will give you a better idea of the time commitments needed and approximately how long each of the steps took me in particular to complete. I would add or subtract needed time based on number of workers, experience, and skill. I also have been working remotely which allows for the lack of a commute to not impact my time in the evenings or very early morning.

These steps are seen in more detail in the build blog entries found here: https://dreamswontwait.com/pocketship-build-progress/


  • ??? – Many moons ago in college I promised one day to build a sailboat
  • Oct 28, 2018 – ordered study plans and build guide
  • Nov 16, 2018 – moved to new house by water with a functional workshop garage
  • Aug 3, 2021 – requested shipping quote and verification of kit order sequence
  • Aug 10, 2021 – received shipping quote and initial invoice, created spreadsheet to track costs
  • Aug 21st, 2021 – Drove to Mystic, CT to see PocketShip #1 and place my order (PocketShip #1 no show, order placed regardless)
  • Aug 22nd, 2021 – ordered 125# of lead
  • Aug 23rd, 2021 – saw Hull ID number in order – became more real
  • Aug 24th, 2021 – Shipping date email update – time crunch, panic ensued
  • Sept 8th, 2021 – Scheduled shipping date from CLC – rush to complete restoration of kayak restoration
  • Sept 7th, 2021 – Shipped notification received – day early
  • Sept 8th, 2021 – Arrived 36 miles from the house at warehouse, panic sets in – must complete ongoing kayak restoration faster
  • Sept 10th, 2021 – Call received 15 minutes before delivery of a “pallet of chemicals” – Epoxy is here
  • Sept 11th, 2021 – final sanding of kayak epoxy prepping for coats of varnish
  • Sept 13th, 2021 – delivery of materials scheduled
  • Sept 11th, 2021 – final sanding of kayak epoxy prepping for coats of varnish
  • Sept 12th, 2021 – boat marine plywood and milled timber arrives
  • Sept 13th, 2021 – delivery of materials originally scheduled
  • Sept 14th, 2021 – unloaded sheet goods to add casters to pallets to be able to move around
  • Sept 14th, 2021 – Jeep sold to make room for boat to live down the road and pay off some costs
  • Sept 14th, 2021 – Cabinets arrive for moving brewing equipment upstairs out of garage
  • Sept 15th, 2021 – Jeep leaves with new owners
  • Sept 17th, 2021 – pool table support rebuilt into work table
  • Sept 17th, 2021 – new cabinets for upstairs arrive and we discover they wont go up to final location
  • Sept 18th, 2021 – maple base cabinet rebuilt into mobile sanding station
  • Sept 18th, 2021 – Pantry cabinets and butcher block returned and smaller uppers and more bases bought with longer butcher block. Those got moved upstairs okay.
  • Sept 19th, 2021 – Electrical outlet adds/relocation and install of cabinets
  • Sept 19th, 2021 – Butcher block sanded and oiled/waxed/installed. Everything hurts.
  • Sept 20th, 2021 – Fridge moved upstairs – never doing that again
  • Sept 20th, 2021 – Maple pantry cabinets installed in garage, lumber rack added
  • Sept 21st, 2021 – More cabinets arrive and wider butcher block island slab – sanded/finished that one
  • Sept 22nd, 2021 – Last set of cabinets installed and butcher block installed – finally done there
    I’ve still not cut a single piece of wood for the boat yet but now have more space in the garage and will start full bore organization and prep to start.
  • Sept 23rd, 2021 – moved all brewing equipment out of the garage and into new space upstairs
  • Sept 24th, 2021 – reorganization of racks in garage, reduction of bins allowing for flat piece storage as well as completed assemblies
  • Sept 24th, 2021 – added plywood top to work table, layer of cardboard – cut to 36″ width x 8′

Chapter 1 Begins

Chapter 2 Begins

And then life happened

Delays in posts due to focus on build and career (will come back to this and fill in gaps)

  • May 5th, 2023 – Build completed
  • May 14th, 2023 – Dreams Won’t Wait successfully launched
  • May 15th, 2023 – submitted launch info and photos to WoodenBoat Magazine
  • May 18th, 2023 – Left hand broken with trailer winch accident
  • May 25th, 2023 – Registered with WoodenBoat Show for 2023
  • June 5th, 2023 – CLC reached out about highlighting DWW in newsletter and at the show
  • June 8th 2023 – web traffic spikes from CLC feature
  • June 9th – June 19th, 2023 – finishing up a few details on boat for show (broken hand and weather not cooperating)
  • June 22nd, 2023 – Heading to Mystic, CT
  • June 23rd – June 25th, 2023 – WoodenBoatShow 2023 in IBIM area (Village Green) 9AM-5PM daily
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