Yacht's maiden voyage is 45 years in the making


Trevor Phillips, 67, was once told he would never walk again, but the bad news didn't stop him building a 40-foot sailboat in his front yard over nearly half a century.

After six months recovering from a stroke he was straight back to building, even though his neighbor needed to hoist him on to the deck dangling from the end of a rope.

The project has been Phillips' obsession for 45 years.

"Originally, I was thinking it would take five, maybe 10 years,” he told the local newspaper. “But, oh well, things never work out, do they?"

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