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The privateers of PDXYAR build a pirate ship! The El Tiburon will be a full-sized, land-bound replica of a pirate ship. Huzzah!

El Tiburon (Spanish for "The Shark") is a land bound, full-sized replica of a pirate ship!  More specifically, she'll be a 48-foot scale model of a yacht style ship, similar to HMY Mary which was presented to Charles the Second (King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc.) in 1661 by the Dutch East India Company. This “ship” will be used as a stage, living history encampment and background setting for PDXYAR events.  

Our goal is to construct this ship using a modular design, which would allow it to be easily transportable, as our pirate performance/education group performs at events, festivals and community fairs up and down the west coast.  

The ship will be incorporated into PDXYAR performances which include stage combat (swordplay, fisticuffs & fire swords), black powder demonstrations (flintlock pistols, blunderbusses & cannons, oh my!), singing sea shanties, educational historical displays, and would also serve as a base-camp for our crew of performers.  

As such, El Tiburon will not be a functional, seaworthy vessel.  That is, she'll have a deck, masts and sails, but no hull.  It will be as if the ground is the water she rests in.  This will allow us to easily transport the ship (again, thanks to the modular design) and set her up on land. 

Lastly, we’ll be purchasing a trailer because a modular design is a great idea, but without a way to transport the modules, it might as well be one giant piece of glorious statuary.  Our designs allow for El Tiburon to be transported on a single 18 foot trailer, towed by a standard pickup truck.

We'd like to invite every contributor who can make it to join us at the sixth annual Portland Pirate Festival to see the ship, take pictures with the crew and spend time with the privateers!

But what if you achieve yet more glory?

Well, I'm glad you asked!

In addition to the above (as we are privateers and naturally optimistic,) if we should reach the glorious goal of 101% funding, we shall not only build El Tiburon, we shall also purchase a fine bottle of rum, toast your glory & the glory of El Tiburon as well as posting a review of the bottle of Victory rum on the donors only construction blog at PDXYAR.org.

However, should we reach 110% funding, we shall still buy that bottle of rum and toast to your glory, but we shall also run a fire dancing workshop with experts local to Portland, Oregon which shall be open to the public for a negligible fee.

At 125% of our funding goal, we shall still imbibe that bottle of rum and toast to your glory, however we shall also purchase a set of aluminum stage combat weapons (different than what you'd find at a cutlery story by a great deal) and hold a series of local stage combat workshops, which we shall graciously invite the general public (by which we mean professional actors in Portland and surrounding areas) to attend for a nominal fee.

150% funding is actually a little different.  Yes, it will allow us to drink to your glory (see above bottle of rum) and to the glorious construction of El Tiburon.  However, it will also allow us to realize one of our primary goals.  The goal of being able to purchase all of our merchandise from local suppliers.  Yes, this means we'd be reducing our carbon footprint significantly and that we'd be supporting other small business owners in the Portland area!  It's like you're funding multiple startups with one small donation (or a large one, we're not trying to dictate your choices here!)

At the absolutely amazing 200% level (see above regarding optimism,) we shall purchase that bottle of rum.  Then we will sit and think earnestly on the glory that has been bestowed upon us by our beautiful Kickstarter family (for so shall we then be).  Then we'll drink the rum, post the video wherein we review rum and toast to your glory! Only after all that will we contact one of greatest stage combat teachers and practitioners in the world (We could tell you, but we'd rather it stay a surprise.  Fund us to 200% and we'll post video of the workshop on the construction blog!) and book this legend for a summer workshop to hone our skills in stage combat, knife & tomohawk throwing and whip cracking.

And of course if funded to 10,000% we will skip building a ship and buy the Dreadnought.  What?  It could happen!  But we'll still buy a bottle of rum and toast to your glory!

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    Shipmate: Glory! A price is rarely ever put on such a thing, but glory can be yours for the cost of $1! Also a listing on the Charter of El Tiburon. This will include a permanent spot on the ship's section of our website.

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    Crewman: Aforementioned glory. Also, online access to the production blog for El Tiburon, where you can view photos and video documenting the construction of our ship!

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    Oarsman: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also, a beautiful 8"x10" photo of El Tiburon, signed by the PDXYAR crew.

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    Cannoneer: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also, a set of liar’s dice packaged inside a hand made leather pouch, adorned with the PDXYAR logo, so that you may enhance your glory!

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    Musketeer: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). However, you should also have a pint glass etched with the PDXYAR logo to slake the thirst that encompassing that much glory can cause. We know, mate. We know.

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    Quartermaster: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also, a beautiful shot glass etched with the PDXYAR logo, with which you may toast the day's victories!

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    First Mate: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). And since you are so glorious, we would now like to provide you with a 1 liter glass mug emblazoned with the PDXYAR logo. Only a mug of that size can hold the glory of having the full PDXYAR glassware set!

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    Navigator: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also a PDXYAR t-shirt heralding your contribution to the construction of El Tiburon & an enhanced listing on the charter of El Tiburon. This includes the permanent spot on the ship's section of our website as well as a hotlink back to your blog or website.

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    Commander: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also a special reward! One 750 ml bottle of Black Blood of the Earth! And as if that wasn't enough, we've added a piece of glassware! Yes! A 10 cl graduated cylinder adorned with the PDXYAR logo! Not familiar with Black Blood of the Earth? One of the rejected names was "Weapon Grade Coffee", but don't listen to me! Go here to see more: http://bit.ly/Funranium

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    Shipwright: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also, two tickets to the 2011 Portland Pirate Festival and a VIP photo session with the PDXYAR crew and El Tiburon. Travel and accommodations not included.

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    Commodore: Aforementioned glory and bounty (all previous rewards). Also, inclusion of your name on a plaque that will be commissioned and mounted to a section of El Tiburon for all to see!

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