If you're in San Francisco Bay Area this Saturday - Launch event!

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  1. RayThackeray
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    International Rescue Group: providing first-line support and humanitarian aid to disaster-hit people, using boats to deliver food, fresh water and medical supplies to help coastal communities.

    Saturday evening March 31st at 7pm at Pasta Pelican on the Alameda Estuary, we'll be splashing the boat and she will be at the dock for champagne visits all evening, plus dinner and live music and dancing in the venue!

    CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!

    Here's a great chance to meet the crew, founders, volunteers and contributors who got International Rescue Group started.

    Our celebrity sponsor and host is Jeffrey Weissman. Jeffrey co-starred as George McFly in the Back to the Future sequels, he co-starred in Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider, and with John Lithgow in Twilight Zone the Movie and he has guest starred on many TV shows: Diagnosis Murder, Saved by The Bell, Scarecrow and Mrs King among others (see IMDB)

    If you can't make it, become a member of International Rescue Group.
     
  2. CatBuilder

    CatBuilder Previous Member

    How did you get that thing done so quickly?!?

    Can you send your crew over to FL to help me out?? :)

    Good job.
     
  3. RayThackeray
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    Well, it's taken a year since I acquired the bare steel hull, and as a nonprofit we do have volunteers. This project has attracted a lot of attention, we've been donated our entire propulsion and power generation system and plenty of other equipment (over $200,000 worth in 2011!) and many volunteers come most weekends. Just recently, Gates Worldwide, bless 'em, donated some very important (and expensive!) belt drive equipment. We're hoping we can get a solar panel farm and powerful watermaker from somewhere to complete the inventory...

    Even so, we're just completing propulsion and steering with some controls, all the internal carpentry needs to be done at the dock in the upcoming months before departure to take her station commencing October.

    This launch will help us with steering, propeller and stability/inclination trials, then she gets hauled out again for final external sandblast and painting.

    Cheers,

    Ray
    If you let grass grow under your feet, you may as well be a cow.

     
  4. BPL
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    BPL Senior Member

    Please post some photos. And good luck with your launch.
     
  5. Ad Hoc
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    Ad Hoc Naval Architect

    Indeed...anynews...any piccies...any video??
     
  6. souljour2000
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    souljour2000 Senior Member

    pics please..pics are like magic pic-zie dust...btw..sounds like a grr-eeaatt project!
     
  7. RayThackeray
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    She swims!

    She's in the water as a fundraiser event and to mark the waterline and determine exact displacement using FreeShip. We'll relax at dock for a while to decompress, then it's back out of the water to complete twin driveshaft installation, install heads and all the through-hulls, exhausts, sandblast and paint external. Then back in the water to complete below-deck carpentry. The last addition will be a ketch sailing rig, then sea trials in August.

    1600 pixels RayonBowsAtDock 1-Apr-12.jpg
     
  8. souljour2000
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    Looks like it could be a very useful and sturdy vessel for her charge by the looks of her...may she excel in her function with dignity and grace...
     
  9. BPL
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    BPL Senior Member

    Good on you Ray!
     
  10. WestVanHan
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    WestVanHan Not a Senior Member

    Congrats on the splash,always a great day though am waiting with baited breath to see how far she'll go on those several tons of batteries.
     

  11. mydauphin
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    mydauphin Senior Member

    Congratz... More pictures...
     
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