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$8500 worth of bronze was taken from where I'm building a 42-ft. sailboat. I need your help to secure new portholes for the cabin top.
$8500 worth of bronze was taken from where I'm building a 42-ft. sailboat. I need your help to secure new portholes for the cabin top.
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The bow of the boat.
The bow of the boat.

Our first Goal has been met! Another $3000 will get us to new portholes from Spartan Marine (includes the cost of the portholes plus Kickstarter's cut).

Please read on!

Eight years ago, I decided to fulfill a family dream to build a wooden 42-foot traditional sailing schooner (John Alden's Malabar II, designed in 1922) in which we can sail across the Atlantic. We have done almost everything ourselves out of our workshop in North Philadelphia, from framing and planking to casting an 8000 pound ballast keel, with the help of friends, family, assorted volunteers, and neighbors. As we have never had a ton of money for this project, we have always been on the lookout for reclaimed hardware. High quality marine hardware is very expensive, often made out of cast bronze, and we have spent the past eight years scouring for materials along the Eastern seaboard, from Maryland to Maine.  We were able to salvage wonderful bronze fittings off two old boats that would never float again.

The 1922 Malabar II Sail Plan
The 1922 Malabar II Sail Plan

We have been making good progress and were looking forward to a spring 2013 launch in the Delaware River as the first step in moving the boat to its permanent home in Harpswell, Maine when, three weeks ago, scrap thieves broke into my shop and took every piece of bronze we had collected over the past eight years. The cost to replace what was stolen is over $8500 and includes the critically important rudder post that we custom built to fit our boat. The time and cost of re-fabricating another rudder post is beyond our means.

This is why I need the Kickstarter community. If we can raise enough money, we can replace the rudder post, the most critical piece of lost hardware, in a timely manner so that we can meet our spring launch date. 

So: 

GOAL A: $2100 - HAS BEEN MET! We have the funds to replace the rudder post! Thanks to all who contributed. 

GOAL B: $5100 - an additional $3000 will cover replacement portholes plus kickstarter's cut.

FINAL GOAL: $8500 - This will cover the full loss from the theft, allowing us to replace all of the critical deck hardware.

My family is incredibly close to fulfilling this dream, the result of almost a decade of much hard work and planning. Please help us make it possible. Thank you for considering funding this project. If you want to learn more about the project overall, visit http://eatonbatsonboatbuilding.wordpress.com.

Thanks for your help! 

And specifically, thanks to Karina Kacala for encouraging me to do this and making my video and Cliff Hall for letting us use his music!

This is the rudder when we dry fit it 2 years ago. The rudder post is the heavy bronze rod that sticks out of the bottom of the boat and turns the whole rudder.
This is the rudder when we dry fit it 2 years ago. The rudder post is the heavy bronze rod that sticks out of the bottom of the boat and turns the whole rudder.

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The Particulars
The Particulars
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Photo Series
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The shirt

Risks and challenges

We can assure would be supporters that we can re-construct the rudder post because we have done this once before (if somewhat crudely). This next time around we will have to perfect our earlier technique, as we must get a very precise angle or the post won't fit the already completed rudder, and the rudder will have to be thrown out. We will build a steel jig around which we can bend the bronze once it has been heated in the forge.

As for the prospect of the project’s overall project success, I hope that what we have built up to now speaks for itself. We have an almost completed hull, which is waiting for the water and just needs one more push! Check out our blog for photos of each step of the construction.

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    Help out! This is not really a reward, but this project has always been a group effort - many dozens of folks have passed through and spent hours or days doing a bit of boat work. So if you are in the Philly area and want to drop by the shop, just to check things out or swing a hammer for a bit, get in touch!

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    This is just a notice to friends in Euope - I'll ship anywhere, disregard the US shipping only! Kickstarter won't let me change it.

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    An 8.5 x 11 copy of the sail plan (which you can see to your left) along with the boat particulars (name, length, tonnage, etc.) printed on heavy paper.

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    The one is by special request, so to keep things simple won't be included in the larger rewards. Its an 11 x 14 copy of the sail plan (which you can see to your left) along with the boat particulars (name, length, tonnage, etc.) printed on heavy paper.

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    Photo series of the construction. We have a series of photos of the boat at various stages of construction. We will send you four 4x6 photos of the framing, the planked boat, the new rudder, and the launched ship (so you won't get the last photo till it's in the water). Includes all previous gifts.

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    We have a box of official Eaton Batson Boatbuilding T-shirts. Claim yours! It has the shop logo on the front and a line drawing of the boat on the back. Includes all previous gifts.

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    Invitation to the launch!
    Sometime in the spring of 2013 we will christen The Aramingo and launch her into the Delaware River. Join us! Includes all previous gifts.

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    Sign the rudder.
    We can use an old surf boarder's trick to permanently bond your signature onto the rudder you helped mount! Email us a digital image and we will transfer it to the rudder and encase it under three layers of transparent marine epoxy. We will launch the boat with rudder unpainted, so you can admire you mark before she goes in the water. Includes all previous gifts.

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    Come for a trip.
    Join us in Maine for a day sail complete with an excellent lunch. Bring two companions. After a Philadelphia launching, she will head up to Brunswick, Maine for final outfitting. By the fall of next year, we should have her fully outfitted for sail. If you are content to motor, we could also arrange a trip on the Delaware River before the voyage north. Also includes all of the previous gifts.

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