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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.
We’re refugees and we’re building a luxury motorboat to explore Berlin and to share with the public.
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    Shout out!

    When all is still and quiet, we'll shout your name from the middle of a lake. We'll make a recording and post it, so you can hear it too.

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    Boat Launch Party

    Invitation to the boat launch and christening! We'll break a bottle of champagne over the boat and sing songs of the sea! It will be momentous! Celebrate and mingle with workshop participants, the crew and other supporters. Tentatively scheduled for May or June 2018 in Berlin. We'll keep you posted.

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    Postcard Appreciation

    Can't attend the boat launch? We'll send you a postcard to express our gratitude!

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    Learn how to say Making Waves in Arabic

    A native speaker will teach you how to say "Making Waves" in Arabic – لنصنع الامواج. It sounds even more poetic. Please send us an email with the best way (Skype, phone, etc.) and time to contact you.

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    Your name carved on the boat!

    We'll carve your name with a knife on one of our hatches and call it the Hatch Club! It's not quite the Admiral's Plaque, but people will see it every time we open the hatch.

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    Captain's Hat

    A black Making Waves captain’s hat with our crescent moon/eclipse/motorboat wake logo.

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    Treasure Hunt

    It’s a surprise! A small treasure that we find on our excursions. We don’t know what we’ll find or what will strike us as treasure. But 100% guaranteed we’ll find something that you might like.

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    1-minute Boat Video

    We'll attach a camera to our boat and use it to shoot a short video for you. Bobbing up and down, fast ahead, landscapes approaching and receding, chasing a sunset, motorboat wake, boaters waving, partial conversations and who knows what more! Each video we produce will be unique and one-of-a-kind. We’ll send you the video as a digital file.

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    Pledge €150 or more About $170

    Marty's Shuffle Board!

    Join us on board the boat for a round of Marty's Shuffle Board! You can read about the game and watch us play in our Featured Rewards section.

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    Pledge €175 or more About $198

    Ali Fitzgerald Print (Limited Edition)

    "I always thought of boats as classic backdrops for adventure stories. They were sites of daring maneuvers, great escapes, and impossible romance."

    We're thrilled to offer you a print by artist Ali Fitzgerald. She is a regular contributor to the New York Magazine and other publications. Read more about Ali our featured rewards.

    
Print details: Riso print on archival paper, 29.7 x 42.0 cm, 11.69 x 16.53 in

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    Pledge €200 or more About $227

    Beach Towel (Limited edition)

    Take it to the beach or hang it on a wall! It’s a limited edition! 'Making Waves' written in Arabic is screen printed across the front. It was designed by our very own Hiba Alyounes! You can choose between a colored towel or a black one. 140 x 70 cm (55 x 27 in)

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    Moving Landscape Drawing

    A blind contour line drawing of the passing landscape by Daniel Seiple. Sizes will vary (c. 35 x 25 cm (14 x 10 in)

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    Sunset Club

    Share a Berlin sunset and refreshments with one (or more) workshop participants on board the boat. If you can't be there physically, we'll arrange a Skype date.

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    Refugee Guided City Tour

    For those who prefer land... See Berlin through the eyes of a new Syrian arrival. Nafee Kurdy compares the conditions he left in Syria with evidence of how it was in Berlin during WW2. This walking tour weaves the past with the present as evidenced in Berlin’s architecture and Nafee’s experience. Tours can be scheduled throughout 2018. Location: Berlin-Mitte, Max. 20 people, Duration: 2 hours, Language: English

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    A spin around the lake

    Visit and join us for a ride! Feel the lake mist and wind in your hair as we transform the lake into a thrilling, high speeds landscape!
    Max. 1 hour, 6 people*

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    Boat of the Week (Fishing boat)

    Available now until November 22!
    This little wood fishing boat is entirely handmade. It’s one of our first. It was constructed from the imagination, without plans or pictures. A true gem!
    21 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm (8.25 x 3.25 1.25 in)

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    Pledge €500 or more About $567

    Boat of the Week (Overnight Cruiser)

    Available now until November 29!
    One of our top learning models! Six participants contributed to its construction. It is an Aeronaut Diva Cabin Cruiser with an all-wood construction. If you so desire, the cabin is removable, allowing you to install a motor, battery and radio control steering!
    58 x 18 x 16 cm (23 x 8 6.25 in)

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    Pledge €550 or more About $623

    Boat of the Week (North Sea Cutter)

    Available now until November 15!
    No less than eight participants contributed to this North Sea Fishing Boat Cutter over the course of many workshops. It includes a fully installed battery-powered motor and propeller. So all you have to do is put in the water and watch it go! Cutters are most often used for coastal utility work. This model was assembled from a wooden kit, sanded and painted. The deck is removable allowing you to add radio control steering! 4-AA batteries required.
    49 x 17 x 35 cm (19.25 x 6.5 x 13.75 cm)

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    Pledge €600 or more About $680

    Boat of the Week (MT Explosive Boat)

    Available now until December 6!
    One of our personal favorites! It is sleek and simple, with a few details that hint at its darker purpose. The actual MT Explosive Boat was designed by the Italian Navy and sold to Germany during WW2. A lone pilot would steer the boat in the direction of a target, presumably, a large ship. Before detonation, the pilot had an ejector seat that acted as a miniature safety raft. Our model was assembled from an old, advanced-level, wooden kit. The boat includes a battery-powered motor and propeller! 4-AA batteries required. **Since photographing the model, we painted it a dark gray with red markings, just as its historical namesake. It looks even hotter!
    39 x 13 x 8 cm (13.25 x 5 x 3 in)

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    Boat of the Week (Black Sea Taka)

    Available now until December 14!
    The Black Sea Take is a traditional Turkish carriage boat, which also transported Russian refugees during the Bolshevik Revolution. Our model blends new and traditional techniques. We modified partially-drawn schematics from Turkey, laser-cut the internal pieces, and then covered the frame with steam bended planking. For no particular reason, we used a few varieties of wood including mahogany and poplar. The model is currently under construction, but we will finish it. It is sure to be a top model!
    41 x 13.5 x 13 cm (14 x 5.25 x 5 in)

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    1/2 Day Pleasure Ride

    Party cruise, fishing trip, lake tour, you name it! Our captain is on hand to assist and entertain. Music and a shrimp wheel included!
    Max. 4 hours, 6 people*

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    Sunrise to Sundown Pleasure Ride

    Early morning fishing trip, party at dusk and the world in between! Our captain is on hand to assist and entertain. Music and a shrimp wheel included!
    Max. 8 hours, 6 people*

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    Maiden Voyage (Yacht Club)

    Join us on board when we christen and launch the boat! You will be among the first to enjoy it. We will unveil the boat's name, break a bottle of champagne over its bow and sing songs of the sea! It will be momentous! Celebrate and mingle with workshop participants, the crew and other club members. There will be food from the lake, music, dancing and more. Tentatively scheduled for May or June 2018 in Berlin. We'll keep you posted.

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    • Name engraved on the prestigious Yacht Club Plaque
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    East-West Berlin Tour (Yacht Club)

    Take an exclusive Berlin river tour, receive two invitations to our boat christening and other rewards. The full-day tour circles the city by connecting its many waterways! There is no better way to see and to be seen in Berlin. The will travel as far East as Treptower Park and as far West as Wannsee. It offers spectacular views of natural settings such as Peacock Island and passes by historic and downtown landmarks including Charlottenburg Palace, Federal Chancellery, Reichstag, Museum Island and Nikolai Quarter. Max. 6 people*

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    • Maiden Voyage & Boat Launch Party
    • Captain's Hat
    • Name engraved on the prestigious Yacht Club Plaque
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    Model of our boat (Captain's Club)

    For joining the Captain's Club, we would like to express our gratitude with a signed, hand-crafted artist's model of our boat, an invitation to the boat christening and other rewards. We will keep you posted, so that you can see the construction of the boat, that will inspire your model. Each model will be unique. Estimated length: 25 cm (10 in)

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    7-Day Boat Share (Captain's Club)

    The boat is yours for 7-days! Reserve it for a week or spread your days over the course of a season. You can call just 48-hours in advance to schedule. For multi-day reservations, we advise scheduling ahead. We’ll prepare the boat and fill the tank. A motorboat license (SBF) is required. If you don’t have one, our captain is at your service for an additional 200€/day. Fuel costs not included. Our season will run from June until October 30, 2018.

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    Making Waves Film (Commodore's Club)

    A signed limited edition of the film “Making Waves: How to Build a Motorboat” by Daniel Seiple. It will veer between genres including documentary, how-to and adventure. It will offer insight into building a motorboat and explore the Berlin landscape through fresh eyes. It will include interviews, reflections and other unforeseen encounters! Estimated duration: 1 hour

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    • Making Waves Film: How to Make a Motorboat
    • Maiden Voyage & Boat Launch Party
    • Open invitation for a spin around the lake
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    Name the Boat – Commodore's Club

    We'll give you rights to name our "baby" for 2-years with the opportunity to renew it in perpetuity for an additional one-time payment of 5,000€. The name that you choose will be displayed prominently on the side of the boat. We'll also present you with a certificate at the boat christening. (We reserve the right to decline any names we find offensive.)

    At the boat’s christening party, we will unveil the name! You and an entourage of three guests are invited VIPs. We’d also like to extend an open invitation to join us for a spin anytime, two captain's hats and beach towels, and your name prominently engraved on the Admiral's Plaque.

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