Although I designed and built this boat by myself, I did have additional support and encouragement:
- Talla Spaul: My ex-wife who knows that I had been working on this boat design and planning this trip for over 40 years, and who told me “if I am to ever do it, I better get moving since I am not getting any younger”. She also designed the “Chubby Girl” logo.
- Jakov Unukainen: A young graphic art student from Estonia, who is studying graphic art in San Francisco, and who painted the logo, name, and home port on the hull.
- Jim Antrim: A well-respected San Francisco Bay area Naval Architect who recommended I make modifications to the original design to make the boat more stable, and who designed the sailing rig and A-Frame masts to make the boat more durable during roll overs. He also conducted stability calculations and righting moment calculations for the final design. He has also made 11 Trans-Pacific Race crossings.
- Glenn Hansen: Glenn (Hansen Rigging, Alameda) is a master rigger who built the masts, and designed and installed the mounting plates for the rigging and lift points for the boat. He also installed the mast rigging. He has dedicated a lot of thought on ways to keep the boat light aloft yet still be able to take heavy ocean waves crashing on to the deck.
- Kame Richards: Kame (Pineapple Sails, Alameda) is a very experienced sail designer and maker, and made the twin jibs and free-floating main sail design to help provide weather helm to the boat. He was also the first person who pointed out the original instability concerns prior to the initial launch, and he recommended I contact Jim Antrim, the Naval Architect.
- Tony Ramifh & Omar Ramifh: Tony & Omar (iworksmedia.com) designed and formatted this blog, and more importantly, very patiently worked with me to train me how to use this blog. Their patience while working with me has shown “one can teach an old dog new tricks”. These two brothers are very talented and creative with blog and web designs, and I was very lucky to find them.
- Connie Lee, who helped load Chubby Girl onto the trailers and used her car to tow Chubby Girl back and forth between Walnut Creek and the boatyard for the multiple launchings. She also stopped by periodically on hot work days, and brought tall glasses of iced tea, sandwiches, and fresh fruit, and was a frequent inspector of the work.
- Sarah Buehler: My Partner-in-Charge (my supervisor) at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), who supported me during the construction and sea-trials for Chubby Girl, and who hosted my bon voyage party at ERM. It would be very difficult to find a better supervisor anywhere, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her these past three years that I have been in Walnut Creek. The second picture is with Sarah at my ERM bon voyage party.
- Numerous friends and neighborhood onlookers, who during the construction in a residential area of Walnut Creek, Ca frequently stopped by, inspected my work, and chatted about my progress and plans. They often provided a well-needed and welcomed break during the construction.