With the small hull painted and the main hull nearing completion, disaster struck. In April 2009, the swollen Kalang River burst its banks, causing widespread flooding around Urunga and Coffs Harbour and leaving the floor of the shed under a metre of water. Although Gaiasdream passed her first buoyancy test, the main hull fell over, sustaining significant damage. The next morning revealed a shed full of soggy boat-building materials and damaged parts. With everything under a layer of mud it took six weeks to clean up, regroup and get back to work.

My original design included a spacious cabin atop the bridge deck – the platform between the hulls. After lost time and added expenses, I chose to launch without completing the deck cabin, settling instead for a temporary galley and navigation-

station in one of the cargo compartments of the main hull. On 9 June 2009, a little behind schedule, Gaiasdream floated properly for the first time.











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  1. Chris Bray

    Great website Ini!!! Looking great! =)

  2. Alison

    Hi Ini,

    Wow – what a great venture !! I’m going to be in the UK – but happy to help with any editing or writing !!

    Go for it !!



  3. Ben Tucker

    Looks good mate

  4. Robert Ammer

    A very good looking boat! Great design. I´m impressed. I wish you good luck for your circumnavigation!


  5. Fred Olivier

    Hi Ini,

    Fantastic boat and project, looking at it from Antarctica where fossil fuels are burnt in frightnening volumes (even if its to support science), I hope your circum nav will help carry the urgent message.

    Good luck and happy to help in any way.

    Fred (mate of Dave Pryce)

  6. Don McIntyre

    Sail safe and enjoy..great boat, great message, great adventure, great dream!!!..we need more people like you with PASSION!!!..Good luck Ini….Don

  7. Peter Richardson

    Very inspiring. Inigo. I’m building a proa myself at the moment, not far from you. It’s a wee bit smaller, though, at 6m. Being built to a Gary Dierking design (his T2 design) as that’s the closest I’ve found to the prows I sailed on in Kiribati some 30 years ago.

  8. Nick Hanlon

    Hi Ini! I organised the musicians onto your wonderful boat for Breakfree this year. I have lost my old phone with your contact number, could you please send me an email and hook up? Thanks and hope the sailings good! Nick.

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