Set sail with a new Rhode Island PBS Original, Second Wind: The Snoek Refit with Onne van der Wal. The documentary chronicles the 10-month journey of famous nautical photographer, Onne van der Wal, as he performs a solo refit of his Pearson 36, Snoek. The film demonstrates Onne's ingenuity, instinct, and dedication, masterfully applying his skills of the marine trades to meet his self-imposed July deadline to enjoy the Rhode Island sailing season with his family.
The van der Wal family traveled in a trailer, visiting locations where Onne was photographing, but he grew tired of searching for campsites everywhere they went. So, he decided to sell their family trailer and embark on a new journey: the refit of his Pearson 36. Onne van der Wal worked tirelessly to transform his boat, which he re-named from “El Segundo” to “Snoek” - a tribute to the fish he caught in South Africa as a child. This refitting project touched on almost every system of his boat, proving to be a time-consuming and detail-oriented process.
This documentary takes place from October to July, primarily set in van der Wal’s own driveway in Newport, Rhode Island, where the bulk of the refitting process was done. The winter months tested van der Wal’s dedication and commitment to his project; with each snowfall came the inevitable necessity to shovel the snow away from the boat so he could work.
Van der Wal completed the majority of this project by himself, with the counsel of skilled boat hands to solve problems as they appeared. In the end, his project was a massive success; Snoek was transformed into van der Wal’s ideal vision. From being an idle, old sailboat to a beautifully refitted masterpiece, van der Wal went above and beyond with the refitting of his multidimensional Pearson 36.