View from our 1982 Prout Snowgoose sailing catamaran

A New Sailing Office for Greenheart

View from our 1982 Prout Snowgoose sailing catamaran

View of the blue banks of the Bahamas from the cockpit of our 1982 Prout Snowgoose sailing catamaran

A report from Greenheart Director Pat:

In July I left my flat in Tokyo to meet a well-used 1982 Prout Snowgoose sailing catamaran that had been waiting for me in a sandy little harbour in the Bahamas. The 11-meter sailboat was floating quietly in the clear sub-tropical waters, more or less ready to be sailed away by its new master. This was not the start of a vacation or the beginning of a year’s sabbatical, but a return to full-time life aboard a sailboat, a sort of mobile lifestyle that I had left behind about 15 years ago.

This time, the boat will be even more than my home and transport; it will also be the new sailing office of the Greenheart Project. Other members of Greenheart and I will use it to travel to places where sailing ships might benefit societies and economies. We’d like to observe again how sails are used in impoverished and marginalised communities, talk to practitioners and learn more about what future practical sail for development should be.

We will also be experimenting with some of the same principles of clean power that will be used aboard Greenheart ship by replacing the marine diesel the boat now uses with a solar-charged electric drive system. This way, we can practice what we preach and use just renewable energies to travel around and power our office.

Wind generator for our new office-- standing by for wind

Wind generator for our new office– standing by for wind

Another objective of our sailing office concept is to meet with the Ministries of Transport, Development and Environment in the countries along our itinerary, and impress upon policy makers, the very real possibilities available for shaping present-day maritime infrastructures in ways that ensure a better future. We are now trying to arrange our sailing schedule to be able to visit international conferences to influence thought leaders and maritime professionals for maximum effect.

The rough plan for the next year is to spend the rest of the summer replacing the diesel engine, fuel lines, filters, and tanks with a clean quiet set of PV panels, batteries and the electric motor and controls that will make it a ‘green boat’. In the fall and winter, we will be sailing south for Cuba, Haiti, Belize, Nicaragua and other places in the Caribbean Sea where future Greenheart ships might home port. By spring, we will be ready for some long distance travel, so will be sailing north for Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, reaching Iceland in time to spend mid-summer up on the edge of the Arctic circle to give our solar panels a real treat. We intend to stop by the Faeroes, on our way to Norway, Denmark and Netherlands to visit with Greenheart friends and collaborators.

Check back here for details, updates, and latitude/longitude of our new office!!

The moon rising over the Straights of Florida. Overtime in the new office. Between countries.

The moon rising over the Straights of Florida. Overtime in the new office. Between countries.

Sea Mercy

Partnering with Sea Mercy

Exciting News: The Greenheart Project is pleased to announce a budding collaboration with another non-profit organization, Sea Mercy (www.seamercy.org), that has earned our utmost respect for their track record in delivering health care and disaster relief assistance to island communities in the South Pacific…. and for their successful use of sail technology in their operations.

Sea Mercy’s mission is to be “the most effective preventive, curative, promotional and rehabilitative floating health care, disaster response, and economic development provider and service delivery mechanism to support the remote citizens of the island nations.” They intend to build a vessel that is capable of expanding the reach and volume of their services to a greater number of remote and under-served island communities, in an economical and sustainable way.

Both organizations believe Greenheart’s sail-solar hybrid designs to be perfect for such a vessel. We are delighted and honored to be partnering with an organization with so many overlapping goals, and looking forward to sharing exciting news soon!