Graham’s SOS appeal to get shipshape

Above ' Boat-builder Graham Mcleod with a section of the cruiser he wants to put together to create his �240,000 dream boat. Photo: SG230811-114NG
Above ' Boat-builder Graham Mcleod with a section of the cruiser he wants to put together to create his �240,000 dream boat. Photo: SG230811-114NG
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HOUSING maintenance engineer Graham Mcleod has started building a 40ft, sea-going cruiser at his home but has sent out his first SOS while still on dry land.

Graham (61) doesn’t have room to assemble the craft at his Spalding semi and is appealing for one of our readers to come forward with the offer of a big shed or warehouse.

He is willing to pay rent or do a day’s work each week in exchange for a place where he can complete his cruiser.

Graham has built a couple of boats in the past, but managed to find somewhere under cover to do the job.

He bought the plans for his Andante from American company Glen-L Designs and has already built sections of the boat.

He says: “It’s like a huge jigsaw.

“It’s made in plywood and fibreglass. It’s an ocean-going vessel – you could certainly go anywhere in the sea in it – but I wouldn’t want to cross the Atlantic.”

Graham says it will take him two years to complete the boat, but the hard work is worth it because he will shell out just £25,000 and the finished vessel will be worth £240,000.

Once the boat is finished, Graham hopes to enjoy life on the water with his partner, Sally Bailey, and they will either head to Oban in Scotland or the Norfolk Broads.

Graham first came to Spalding six years ago, living in the town for a couple of years before heading off to the Mediterranean.

He bought and restored a boat while he was out there and lived on it in the Med for a couple of years before returning to Spalding.

Graham runs his own housing maintenance business but boat-building is his first love.

He said: “If I could do it as a business I would. Unfortunately you need to have quite a lot of capital and at least two customers in advance to start.”

nGraham can be contacted on 07548 486875 if anyone can offer him a place to build his boat.