In a small warehouse in British Columbia, lines were penned on the concrete floor. In a corner lay a stack, 9,000 pounds of shipbuilders alloy aluminum plate, waiting to be cut, bent and welded into a world cruising sailboat, an expedition sailboat capable of making safe passages in any sea, and in every weather condition. She took shape upside down. In a few months she was turned over, her keel filled with 13,000 pound of lead, and she was loaded onto a trailer. Her future was pre-ordained. She was to sail the world and show her keepers its wonders!
But first she was taken to a rough-built dirt floor shed, where she endured insulation, Pecan, Cherry, Ash, plywood, and patiently waited until the noise abated, the dust was sucked up, and the crew diminished until only the first two were left. Whew! Glad that’s over.
What follows is a plan, a goal, history, and prologue – a couple who planned and built Holy Grail, and were fortunate to have her carry them 50,000 miles in warm waters and cold, in safety and comfort, amply supplied for long durations… and now are ready to retire.
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Holy Grail was designed to be a world cruising sailboat to take two people to sea safely and comfortably, with the ability to stay away for years at a time. She was outfitted for every comfort and ultimate safety.