Archive for December, 2010


Posted in Uncategorized on 13/12/2010 by ketchkaraka

We out at sea.

Click here to see where we are :

For those generous souls who would like to help the dream go on, we are now able to receive donations!
Click on this link to accede the page on the website:

Karaka is at the moment especially in need of funds, since we have a major refit planned for the begining of 2011.

For the information of donators, here follows our current wish list. It is the list of how the money you donate will be used.

– 3 month refit, january to april 2011

Haul out and boatyard fees, paint, tools, material, etc.

Among the tools needed, there are :

– Cutting torch/plasma cutter

It is a tool used to cut steel.

– 200L Air compressor

To power a jack hammer to chip rust, a sandblaster to elimnate all rust, a spray gun to paint, etc

– A new set of batteries

We need to replace the batteries that power the whole boat’s 12 volt system. The ones we use at present are 6 years old and are only supposed to have lasted 5. We use golf kart batteries as they are about the best quality for their price on the market.

– 800 watts power inverter

It is a small machine that converts the 12 volts DC power from the batteries to 220 volts AC power that we can use for computers and small power tools. The old one went up in flames.

– Solar panels

We use those to recharge the batteries in order to avoid having to run the diesel generator. We have three solar panels on board at present but they are old and their output is insufficient.

– Marine stove/oven unit

The one we use at present is very old and rusty, eventually it will become a safety risk. It is time to replace it.

– Jib sails

Jibs don’t last very long on the open ocean and we ripped several of them lately. We still have a decent wardrobe but it would be good to find spares before the one we use at present fail us.

– Sail maker sewing machine

It exists a special kind of sewing machine designed for repairing sails and tarps. We would save a lot of money on the long run if we could fix our sails ourselves.

– 12ft aluminum dinghy

Our dinghy has served us well, but she is now ready for retirement. She must be at least 25 years old and fiberglass is not meant to last that long. We think an aluminum dinghy of the same size would be ideal for Karaka. Aluminum is light and strong and doesn’t corrode.

– 2hp outboard motor

Coupled with a good pair of oars and a simple sailing rig, a small outboard engine would make the dinghy the perfect tender in all situations.

– Refrigeration unit

Everybody enjoys a cold beer… Plus it would enable us to preserve the fish we catch. We have never been able to afford the cost of an instalation yet and it doesn’t look it will happen in the near future as their are other priorities, but here it is anyway…

And also for the generous souls, we would gladly accept gifts and donations directed toward us as individuals and not toward the boat funds… We make a point of not using the boat money for our personal expenses and that means we usually have to find some ways to make money on the side. Any donations would enable us to dedicate ourselves fully to Karaka. Also we are trying to set up a Karaka co-op which would enable us to function as a collective without having to ask a contribution from the crew and any financial help would make it easier to put together.

Thank you.