Danielle Doggett returned to Shellback Club after a year to update the Shellbacks on progess in the construction of Ceiba, a new schooner built literally from the ground up. Ceiba will be a 100% ecologically sustainable vessel, powered solely using the wind and a 100 percent electric engine. The electric engine will supply all of the ship's electrical energy, functioning as both a propulsion system in light wind and as a generator whilst sailing. The engine will be combined with modern batteries and solar panels so that all auxiliary power is renewably sourced.
Ceiba is now at the point where the keel is laid and the ribs are starting to be fitted -- three pairs were in place at the time of Danielle's visit.
Danielle was able to answer the most minute questions on the woods, construction methods, and overall project plan and timelines. Fundraising for the project is effected through donations in kind and the sale of shares in the project, which will on completion of construction become financially self-sufficient, carrying product from Costa Rica north, and from British Columbia south. Paying passengers will add to revenues.
A good update can be found at: https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ceiba-schooner-s-keel-has-been-laid.
Full details on the progress of the project, its timelines, and investment opportunities, are available at http://www.sailcargo.org/vessel.
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