Boat Building with Richard Honan and Friends

There's something magical about Sundays, isn't there? It's a day when time seems to slow down just enough for us to appreciate the simple joys of life. For TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, and his companions, Sundays are about more than just relaxation- they're about camaraderie, craftsmanship, and culinary delights. 

Picture this: a crisp Sunday morning, the scent of freshly cut wood mingling with the aroma of baking bread. Richard, along with his friends Dave and Gus Brewin, embarks on a unique adventure - building a wooden Atlantic 17 Rowboat. But this isn't just any ordinary boat building session; it's a celebration of skill, collaboration, and good old-fashioned fun.

Their task for the day? Tackling the meticulous process of cleaning excess epoxy from the joints and fitting the bottom plank of the boat. Armed with High Performance Epoxy and Thixo Thickened Epoxy Adhesive, they work diligently, ensuring every detail is perfect. The convenience of using thickened epoxy from a caulking gun proves to be a game-changer, saving them valuable time and effort.

But what's a Sunday without a little company? Enter ten-year-old Charlie, Gus's neighbor and the newest addition to their building crew. Despite his age, Charlie proves himself to be a quick learner, eager to lend a helping hand. As Richard reflects, having an extra pair of hands makes all the difference, turning a challenging task into a joyful shared experience.

Yet, amidst the sawing and sanding, there's a moment of pause - a sacred ritual known as the 10:30am coffee break. Gathered around a makeshift table, they indulge in steaming cups of coffee and a loaf of Gus Brewin's freshly baked Irish Soda Bread. It's a humble yet exquisite treat, made even more decadent with a generous slathering of butter. As Richard muses, Gus's talents extend beyond boat building; he's also a master baker, capable of turning simple ingredients into culinary delights fit for royalty.

In the end, it's not just about the boat they're building or the bread they're baking-it's about the bond they share, the laughter they exchange, and the memories they create. As they bask in the warmth of friendship and the satisfaction of a job well done, Richard realizes that Sundays like these are truly priceless. And as the sun sets on another weekend, he knows that these moments will be cherished for years to come.

So here's to Sundays filled with sawdust and laughter, with the smell of freshly cut wood and warm, buttery bread. Here's to the simple joys that bring us together and remind us of what truly matters. After all, in a world filled with chaos and noise, it's these moments of peace and connection that make life truly extraordinary.


This article is spot on. There are few things in life as rewarding as building a boat and enjoying friendship with those we respect and love. If you have been thinking about doing so for a while hesitate no longer. You will never regret it.

Wade Colclough

Nothing better!! Good friends……building boats together & savoring good bread and friendship!!

Sistah Kenny

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