Has it been a month since our last blog entry?!? Wow, time is racing by for us here. Eric spent most of July working on the website, which is now live:
Come and check it out, tell us what you think and if there’s anything we can do to improve it. He’s worked literally day and night on the website, only stopping to visit the boat, eat and sleep! Having never designed let alone built a website in my life, this was my first time seeing just how many hours went into making a website. I was well impressed when I saw what he could do!
The usual struggles that go with starting a business are still going on…of course made that much harder by the fact that neither of us speaks the language. I won’t bore you with the details. Let’s just say that we are facing an uphill battle but we are determined to reach the top!
Our dive boat, affectionately named the MV Chalaam Waan (which means whaleshark in Thai), is starting to come together. She’s been completely transformed and so far, we’re pleased with the results.
It hasn’t been easy and it’s a daily struggle to get our boat builders to understand what we want, then to actually do what we want, and finally to keep our costs down. Building a boat has a way of blowing a budget beyond what you expected, and then some! I start to understand the heartache many boat owners go through. But seeing your own design come to life, wow, that is truly something.
Construction has finally begun on the dive shop as of two weeks ago, but it’s been slow progress due to the rain on Lipe. Just getting the construction materials sent over on a cargo boat took a few weeks – endless back and forth phone calls and price discussions and then finding a crew to unload the materials and bring them to our build site. Going through this, I start to appreciate just what every other business owner has had to go through to build their shop/resort on Lipe. Sometimes your transport costs can actually exceed the cost of the materials, it’s crazy!
Now for the photos:
Stairs leading to the upper deck