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We’re refugees and we’re building a luxury motorboat to explore Berlin and to share with the public.
We’re refugees and we’re building a luxury motorboat to explore Berlin and to share with the public.
133 backers pledged €20,034 to help bring this project to life.

The second long awaited update!

Posted by Daniel Seiple (Creator)
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The hull is nearly finished! It’s taken a few months to get to this point, with too many steps to share in detail. It is safe to say that everyone in the workshop has learned something about boat building and more. The design we are constructing has never been built before. We know this because we found and corrected several mistakes in the original design. So after determining the right coordinates for each bulkhead, we attached the stem, transom, keel, chines, and sheers; over which we fastened and epoxied sheets of marine plywood. Now we’re sanding, shaping and buffing the hull, after which we’ll sheath it in epoxy-soaked fabric, turn it over, and have a party.

The workshop is receiving an increasing number of visitors and passerby’s especially since we started working outside. Most are men who invariably ask if we’re building a boat and if it will float. The District Mayor of Berlin-Lichtenberg, Michael Grunst, also stopped by to help. He was joined by the State Secretary for Immigration, Daniel Tietze, Director of the Lichtenberg Employment Office, Dr. Lutz Neumann, Spokesman for the Mitte Employment Office, Andreas Ebeling and their staffs. The Lichtenberg Employment Office continues to support the project by inviting refugee-craftsmen to participate. We appreciate their continued interest in the project!

From left to right: Daniel Tietze, Waalid Bara, Michael Grunst (sanding), Maher Mohammed, Andreas Ebeling, Hanna Aljarada
From left to right: Daniel Tietze, Waalid Bara, Michael Grunst (sanding), Maher Mohammed, Andreas Ebeling, Hanna Aljarada

What’s next 

We plan to turn the hull in the beginning of October! If you’re in town, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll send a separate invite! After that, we’ll carry on with the decks, cabins, furniture and other amenities.

Fundraising

Now with something to show for our work, we are planning a second funding campaign for later this year. We need to raise money for a motor and unforeseen costs. Unfortunately, the boat will not power itself. We’re looking forward to producing another round of rewards and laying out our plans for the next year. We hope you're excited too!

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    1. Robert Fairlie on

      Very impressive and looking good. Thanks for sharing the Instagram link. Keep up the good teamwork!

    2. Florian Horsch on

      Great photos! Carry on guys :)