After the Mei Wen Ti arrived in America, it became my new home. I had fulfilled my dream to live on a wooden boat and it was everything I expected it to be.
My new home was docked in a brand new 20' x 50' slip in the recently rebuilt Ventura Isle Marina in Ventura Harbor, a little south of Santa Barbara, California.
I loved it, and spent many happy years living there. While the sadness of losing Wally was still agonizing, life seemed a little easier a little at a time, and rebuilding a life - while different than I had expected my life to unfold - was working out. Mei Wen Ti was a home unlike any other I had known - literally and figuratively.
As it turns out, my wife Virginia, who was wido...
I remember during my first trip to China that I experienced a similar feeling that our guests in 2002, Steve and Lisa, had when they stayed aboard the Mei Wen Ti for their anniversary.
During my very first meeting at the shipyard the engineer and his team took me on a tour of a new 80-foot fishing vessel that they recently completed so that I could get an idea of their work. The fishing boat had a distinctive clean wood smell and look, I noticed that they hadn’t sanded the wood as I could still see plane marks.
The foreman explained with the help of an interpreter that the Mei Wen Ti would be built using the same basic construction methods, and added that while the craftsmanship...