Support Us

Karaka is run as a non profit cooperative. All the money received from the contributing crew is used integrally to finance the running and the maintaining of the boat. In order to make it accessible to everybody, we keep the weekly contribution as low as possible, so that people on a budget can afford sailing with us and experience an alternative, community oriented, self-sustainable, low impact seafaring lifestyle. The downside of all this is that we have only very limited funds available for the long term maintenance costs, for the replacement of worn or damaged gear and for the financing of the various projects of improvement we would like to undertake.

After the completion of the circumnavigation, 2017 is going to be dedicated to restore Karaka to her former glory. It will take at least 6 months in the boatyard and it will be expensive, not counting all the gear that needs to be replaced, so this page is a shoot in the dark to try to reach anybody out there who might be inspired by what we do and advocate, and who might be interested in sponsoring Karaka or giving us a little financial boost under the form of a donation. Any amount helps.

Most donations will be used on one of those major projects:
  • Sandblast the whole hull and deck and completely repaint the boat (after cutting and rewelding the bad spots that need it due to corrosion)
  • Take both the main engine and the generator out of the boat for a complete overhaul
  • Rebuilt the engine room, convert two fuel tanks to storage lockers and renew the fuel system
  • Deal with the rust inside the bilge and repaint
  • Revarnish and repaint the interior
  • Change the batteries

While we do have adequate(if somewhat limited) funds for the actual refit and for the essential gear, our budget is going to be stretched very thin for the following items which would be nice to have:
  • A new dinghy
  • A modern VHF radio with AIS
  • An autopilot for use while motoring
  • An ice machine
  • An ozone generator for pest control
  • A new more efficient stove/oven
  • An electric outboard motor

Any extra funds left after the refit will go toward those.

Funds permitting, I'll also try to install a hybrid electric system to the main engine, to have the possibility for silent and clean electric propulsion and also power generation using the freewheeling propeller while sailing. It would drastically reduce fuel consumption and its associated pollution, costs and ethical bad vibe. It is a project I have been thinking about for years and now would be the perfect time to do it while I rebuild the engine room. Unfortunately, I would need several thousand dollars for that (possibly up to 10 000) and I do not think it will be within our budget this time, but if generous donators feels like sponsoring a greener and cleaner Karaka, at least the word is out. Don't hesitate to contact me if you want more details on my hybrid project.

Another thing we could definitely use are old laptops and especially old smart phones and tablets to use for navigation. So if you have unused devices you are thinking of throwing away, please send them to us. We'll distribute any extras we don't need to remote schools.

And if you are short on cash but want to make a gesture, you can also just buy us a beer. That's cool too.

Thank you.