THE BOAT PROJECT
Greetings Everyone! This page has been created to keep our readers abreast of the "boat project" that is currently underway. Thanks to the donation of a St. Thomas resident our Marine Vocational Program (MVP) now has the perfect training vessel for MVP students. The old gal (1987 28' Cape Dory "Open Fishermen" w/200hp Volvo TAMD41) was received in need of a facelift, but with a little hard work and the generosity of supporters we'll get it done! Single engine and economical to operate... she's the right vessel for teaching seamanship, navigation, small boat handling and naturally...fishing! THE VESSEL
We are now seeking the donation of the following items (new or used but working please):
VHF, GPS, depth recorder, compass, 8 man inflatable raft, outriggers (single spreader preferred), fishing belt, rocket launcher and fishing tackle (50# and under rods and reels).
The Marine Vocational Program (MVP) Inc. is a 501(c-3) US IRS Non-Profit located in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Contributions are tax deductible. Provide us your support and we'll soon be training students how to fish, navigate, drive a single engine and to become young mates and captains.
Thanking you in advance!
Capt. Jimmy Loveland, Director
She's been sitting idle for a long time without much care. We'll paint, wax, polish and repair the many items that need fixing. Vessel has normal issues of age - but there are also engine problems, a cracked port windshield and some rotted flooring below that must be dealt with.
THE PROGRESS (click on photo to enlarge)
June 2, 2016 Seven weeks of sunup to sundown work and she's looking sharp! She's painted inside and out (including forward bilge) and the decks are all non-skidded. All wood rot in the windscreen, toe railing, and flooring below has been removed and repaired and the hull is solid. The windshield safety glass was replaced and we've got the engine started but we're awaiting engine parts that are being hand carried from the mainland (June 6th.) by Sam our volunteer mechanic. Wiring issues and the installation of the head are still to be tackled but thankfully most of the repairs are done! We'll have a USCG Auxiliary safety inspection and hopefully get her going by early July. New name is now 'Straight Ahead' and we'd like to thank everyone who has helped us bring her back to life!
July 2, 2016 Real progress... we are working on the basic training of MVP students and they are loving it!
Tax deductable checks are written to: MARINE VOCATIONAL PRORAM, INC.
Mail to: 6616 Estate Nadir, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Please mark "Boat Project" on check or
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE MVP!
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