Our 97-foot boat has sailed 7,000 nautical miles and conducted 8 humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in the Caribbean in over 3 years, supporting dozens of other yachts in the region with volunteers and supplies.
Thunderbird 5 has been our flagship and focal point in the Caribbean, now IRG plans to re-fit for a new mission to set up operations in Asia, based in the Philippines.
This yacht was previously maintained to charter yacht level at a cost of over $100,000 a year but the last 4 years has been a cargo ship with a shoestring budget. Looking for volunteers to voyage to Guatemala and help re-fit our yacht, if you'd like some experience in a marine yard on hull steel, wooden rig, electronics and painting etc., come and join us! There are comfortable cabins available, the weather's great (not hot!) and we have lots of work to do here in Florida before sailing and Guatemala for re-fit. Crew Joey Timmerman and Chief Engineer Shawn Sweetman are already aboard, looking for 3 or more crew prior to departure.
ABEL's at Rio Dulce Guatemala is where we can continue to live on the boat and do DIY work, we'll use the Yard for the heavy work such as pulling the propshaft, repaint the bottom with anti-foulant etc. We will do various jobs like grinding, welding and re-priming steel where there is corrosion, taking of some old machinery, refresh the electronics and Nav, install a radar, do some sail repair and rig work etc.. NOTE that our main engine is being replaced in Guatemala, we will be using auxillary propulsion to exit our anchorage in Florida, sail all the way in the easterly tradewinds, and arranging a tugboat to take us to the shipyard. You must be comfortable with the idea that this is a sailboat, if the wind dies enroute we will simply await the wind to return. Please think carefully about this, some people react badly to being offshore becalmed for more than a few hours, if so this may not be the voyage for you. If you wish to truly hone your sailing skills, you will learn a lot.
Note that this can be delayed for various reasons, this is the best stab at timing. Volunteers who have hard stops may not find this yoyage suitable.
NOTE the hurricane season in the South Pacific ends 31st April, we will quickly transit from Panama to the Galapagos s and enter the southeast trade winds headed for Marquesas Islands. Preliminary planning for the Pacific section are: Panama, Las Perlas, Galapagos (ONLY if funds become available via crew), Marquesas Islands and other stops to Papua New Guinea, then into the South China Seas.
Volunteers who join and support work in Florida gain priority for a cabin to the South China Seas. During voyaging volunteer crews share the cost of the voyage at $20 per day each which includes all food, consumables etc. Those volunteers who join the work on the vessel in Florida and Central America have a cabin of their own and food during the land work.
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