Well, what’s the news? Not much really. Waratah is still high and dry in Durban. The boat builder never answered my emails anymore, so the chances he will honour his contractual obligations are close to zero. I did not expect otherwise; he left me in Durban without paying some of the suppliers, screwed me with the labour bills, and obviously used my money to fund his own business. Well, forget about it. Maybe I should have been more careful, but I trusted him, and in hindsight you stare a horse up it’s ass.
Taking him to court would be throwing good money after bad, which does not mean he is off the hook. Not at all. But for now that has a lower priority. And I have plenty of time.
Waratah will be finished of course, I only need the time to supervise the final works. The plan is to go to South Africa during Chinese New Year, take some extra annual leave, and get it all finished. I think I need about 2 – 3 weeks to get it all done, and do sea trials. I met some wonderful people in Durban, who will help me to finish what I started.
Next will be the passage from Durban to Phuket. One step at a time, but Waratah will sail next year.