“A labor of love always pays off.”
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
Private Matching Donor & Nonprofit Investor
Primary financial contributor to boat restoration
Additional patrons of various kinds, including brand & private foundation sponsorships
Expertise in neuro-oncology or cancer related fundraising campaigns with target goal of $1M or more
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Sausalito, CA 94965
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