His latest creation, created in partnership with his girlfriend and fellow
Modern sailboats, while having good performance and safety, lack the elegance and style of their vintage counterparts. Driskell and Klietz's sailboat has all the flair of an 18th century ship, but it's a whole lot safer.
Driskell built his first boat for the Helena Regatta. It was a cardboard affair, but seaworthy enough to win two races. His next boat was a plywood creation that floated, at least for a while.
The ship he and Klietz built is modeled on the Lulworth, a racing yacht built in
"It's a fast, stable boat," Driskell said. "It was built so it won't topple over. Boats are relatively easy to make but not many people do it."
Driskell and Klietz used time-lapse videos they found on YouTube of ship construction and books with diagrams of gaff-rigged boats to figure out how to build one of their own.
They spent three months designing the ship and three months building it from scratch in their garage. They used redwood, pine and 350-year-old purpleheart wood found at an estate sale. The ship is coated in epoxy, fiber glass and varnish.
"It's been a learning process," Klietz said. "Our first boat sank so hopefully this one won't."
The couple plans to set sail on their ship's maiden voyage this summer on
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