When I began work finishing the Cape George 31 hull that eventually became Ganymede, it was with a distinct sense of urgency. The average time it takes to finish or build a boat, it seems, is seven to 10 years. For those that make it to the end, that is. It's not difficult to find partly finished hulls on eBay or Craigslist that were abandoned along the way, whether from illness, budgetary issues, or simply loss of interest. I was determined not to become one of those casualties. Why, I'd be pushing 40 by then! And so my wife, Danielle, and I threw ourselves heart and soul into the project. It was a little more difficult for her, with one child as we began and two others who came along the way, but she allowed me more time in the shop than most wives would have, and she lent a willing hand whenever she could.