Construction of The Whitmar
Jim has worked with wood since he was a child in his grandfather’s six-car garage / shop that he built behind his house in Houston. Jim started an ambitious project in late 1998 that would ultimately take 20 years to complete; the construction of the SV Whitmar, a turquoise-hulled sailboat reaching 56 feet from stem to stern and just over 14 feet at its beam (the widest part). This beauty will weigh in at north of 20 tons when she is complete.
This blue-water sailboat, named for Jim’s only daughter Whitney and his mother Margie, is tucked neatly (and tightly) into a warehouse in East Dallas. And it is a sight to behold.
Jim has worked on it intently in some seasons and more sparingly in others. For a few years when life and work were extremely demanding, he didn’t work on it at all. But the constant thread pulling him back to the project has been the solace Jim takes in spending time in the workshop, working on the boat he enjoys seeing reach completion. “Working on the boat allows me to be creative and focused. My phone doesn’t even work out in that metal building. It’s truly my solace out there.”