Like many people, Johan Huibers has at all times liked the story of Noah’s ark. He started studying the biblical story to his youngsters within the Nineties, and the Dutch father quickly determined it might be cool to construct the ark himself.
“It might sound scary, however I consider all the pieces written on this guide, cowl to cowl,” he mentioned whereas pointing at a replica of a translation into Dutch of the Hebrew Bible. “It is a copy of God’s ship. It solely is smart to take it to God’s land.”
In 1993, Johan determined to start out constructing the ark in his free time. It took him 13 lengthy years, however in 2006, he was lastly completed along with his trendy model of the ark!
Whereas Johan was happy with himself, he was nonetheless not completely happy, as his ark was solely half the dimensions of Noah’s. He realized that he had much more work to do, and that he couldn’t do it alone, so he employed a group of newbie carpenters to assist him.
In 2012, 19 years after he began this journey, Johan’s ark was lastly full!
Although he believes he spent $1.6 million on the ark, he admits it’s not excellent, as his group will not be made up of pros.
“We’re not skilled boatmakers. Numerous stuff here’s a bit crooked,” he mentioned.
However, specialists consider his ark is what Noah’s would have seemed like, as Johan adopted the precise description of the ark that’s within the Bible. It’s also believed to be seaworthy, and although Johan deliberate to sail it to Israel, the one downside is that it has no engine. Johan’s preliminary plan was to hire tugboats to sail it.
Johan is now planning to hire his ark out to varied cities, so you could get to see it for your self in a metropolis close to you too!
Take a tour of Johan’s ark within the video beneath!