“A labor of love always pays off.”

–Scott Belsky

OUR STORY

Why this boat, why now?


The boat's last owner, Dana Hayden, was a general contractor who believed deeply in creating meaningful spaces for the families he built homes for. M/V Tautira, where Hayden lived for 25 years, was the place he turned to for peace and solace. Unfortunately, cancer isn't something that comes new to the Hayden family (evidently, neither are wooden boats). Having watched his father -- a world renowned mariner -- suffer through prostatic carcinoma, the vessel became a undeniable beacon of comfort throughout his final days. 

Nearly 90 years old, M/V Tautira is now at its tipping point. Hayden left her in a family trust, to which his girlfriend has presumed ownership of the vessel in hopes for a restoration. It was Hayden's wish to see the boat enjoyed by other families rattled by cancer, who share the same sentiments of health and healing in a world with unfair curveballs.

AT A GLANCE

What are the known issues?

  • Rot (extensive at bow near windlass, deck steps and aft corners of wheelhouse)

  • Re-planking at various topside areas of the hull

  • Wheelhouse teak to be replaced

  • Blown gasket on port side engine (new ignition to be installed)

  • Electrical system is old/hazardous and needs rewiring

  • New holding tank still requires plumbing to aft head

  • Water damage in galley and aft head floorboards


Estimated amount needed?


Approximately $1M for restoration, more accurate assessment once boat is hauled and examined stem-to-stern by accredited marine surveyor (SAMS)


Current stage: Awaiting haul out set for fall 2020, estimated to take a cumulative 2 years in boatyard through multiple prioritization stages; $100,000 needed upfront to begin (covers initial project costs)


Vessel may need to meet US Coast Guard requirements upon completion (which is predicted to equate to an additional 10-20% of overall restoration cost)

 

What is currently needed?

 

Restoring a boat is a collaborative effort, and launching a nonprofit is no easy feat. Please get in touch with us if any of the following is of interest to you.

  • Financial donations to brain cancer research and / or Tautira’s restoration

  • Offering labor or material as in-kind donations

  • Partnering with us as a medical institution, therapeutic entity or maritime stakeholder

  • Joining our mission by penciling in your vessel to be part of Tautira’s future fleet  

MEET THE CREW

STILL NEED

Private Matching Donor & Nonprofit Investor

Primary financial contributor to boat restoration

STILL NEED

Secondary Donors

Additional patrons of various kinds, including brand & private foundation sponsorships

STILL NEED

Fundraising Manager

Expertise in neuro-oncology or cancer related fundraising campaigns with target goal of $1M or more

STILL NEED

Boatwright

Apprentice

Lauren de Remer

Director

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Deckhand & Hospitality,

Schooner Freda B

Ross Sommers

Project Manager

Owner & Yard Manager,

Richardson Bay Boatworks

Alan Olson

Advisor

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Executive Director,

Call of the Sea

Dave Olson

Advisor

Bill Melbostad

Consultant

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Marine Surveyor,

NAMSGlobal

Malcolm Morgan

Marine Electrical & Systems Technician

Owner,

Malcolm Morgan Marine

Anton Hottner

Anton Hottner

Senior Boatwright

Holden Crane

Holden Crane

Boatwright

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