The Alma Doepel Restoration Project is now in the final stages of hull restoration to return the ship to the water; November 2020 is the target date. It is a tight schedule and, as is usually the case with projects such as ours, is conditional on funding.
The Sail & Adventure Limited Board works continuously to seek major funding sources for what is a $3.5million project. To date, more than $2million of that target has been raised.
Donations from supporters, both individuals and corporates is an essential part of the fundraising mix. Most recently, donors raised in record time the money needed to buy the final planks to complete Alma’s hull restoration and ensured the timber would be available as needed.
The last underwater hull plank was fitted to the ship on 21 May 2020, with a final ‘gold’ nail driven in to mark the occasion.
The next major phase is ‘fairing’ or smoothing the surface of the hull ready for ‘caulking’ of the seams to make the hull watertight. For this process we need oakum from Denmark ($15,000) and marine glue ($10,000). With shipping costs from Denmark for the oakum the total needed is $25,000.
With the planking complete, we need to order the oakum now ready for caulking to start in July.
May we count on your support with the caulking appeal?