Well begun is half done.

David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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9 Responses

  1. Tod Kelly says:

    Can I just say this series of posts is kind of mega-cool?  I’m enjoying living vicariously through you, David.Report

    • Patrick Cahalan in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      True ‘dat.Report

      • I’m really hoping that David still does a bit of film-making. I’d love to see a short film documenting this process. A time lapse film would be cool too.Report

        • David Ryan in reply to Rufus F. says:

          Wharram has a pretty big following, and I did the math on a comprehensive documentation of the build with a eye towards some sort of rich media offering; there’s probably a market there. But in the end I decided against it for two major reasons:

          The present landscape for small producers of Intellectual Property is uncertain. Investing the time and money to produce well enough crafted document that there would be a hope of a return is a risky gambit.  If I believed it was a good bet, I’d put the effort into finishing/distributing/promoting films I’ve already shot.

          Conversely, the boat looks to be a good bet, so a possible resources are being pressed into ensuring a timely and positive result. What film-making is done around the Mon Tiki build will be that that serves the promotional needs of the project or my personal whimsy. (All work and no play make Jack a dull boy!)


  2. David Ryan says:

    Thanks Tod, that’s nice of you to say, and I appreciate it! My objectives blogging here (so far as I can identify and name them) are three-fold:

    1. To give voice to, and have a forum for and what is (apparently) an irrepresible impulse towards self-expression.
    2. To gently promote this next endevour upon which my family’s livelihood depends.
    3. To sup at the trough of encouragement I hope these posts elicit.

    In fact, just yesterday, and as this project crossed the event horizon I had a chat with Bob Wise (before he built the Loose Moose II he had built a Wharram Tiki 31.)

    “It’s all about momentum now, David!” he counseled “Get going and keep going!”

    Rest assured I am counting on the well-wishes and good thoughts of This League towards this endeavor upon which so much depends!