Barba Toma started making Moja Maja ship when he was in his sixties, and as everything he did, he did it “for himself and his own pleasure”. That is probably the secret of his success – freedom of creativity fueled his projects. He spent months searching for a stern frame all over Dalmatian zagora, and refused to give up until he found it, naturally curved, shaped like a tobacco pipe. He spent 10 years, poured his sweat and tears utilizing his tools, his hoes and hatchet to build the 24 metres long ship. The building of the hull lasted from 1991 to 1994, when the motor was built in. The first launch was in 1998, and for launch access to be granted, a dredger had to be used to deepen “Japirko” (Port Split), so that the giant would be able to set sail.