I envisage an "entity" (company) created which I
would like called "The Gulf to Gulf Foundation Inc.".
It would be a not-for-profit organisation and exist to raise
money for charity. It's primary asset would be a 50ft sailing
ketch and startup funds from interest free loans into 'The Foundation'.
I would like the boat to be called "Gulf to Gulf"
(and be affectionately known as "The Gulf").
The initial funds would be from 20 "full members"
with interest free loans of $5,000 each. Benefits to members
would be access to "The Gulf" for visits and trips
and, if "the foundation" was to be dissolved in the
future, the assets to be sold and the "full members"
to have loans returned. Permanent, "life" members
would be sought
who donate $5,000 and they would replace the temporary members
who could opt out when a permanent members comes in or the temporary
member could convert to a "life" member by changing
the loan to a donation. When a "life" member comes
along, a temporary member must go to make room as there will
always be a limited number of full members to the foundation.
The last temporary member to sign on would be the first to go
to make room.
"The Gulf" would be surveyed and registered for charter
and "guests" taken on 4 hour harbour cruises for a
fee. This income would provide for the upkeep and upgrade of
the boat. Or, the guests could be registered as foundation "associate
members" and a charter may not be necessary. A solicitor
and/or accountant would need to be enlisted (hopefully as a
volunteer) to sort out these details. In addition to the cruise
fee, a donation of (minimum) $10 to a charity would apply, more
The crew would all be volunteers, although provided with a
bunk and meals. I envisage serving meals to the paying guests
at a cost extra to the cruise fee. The meal money would be separate
to the cruise fee and would be sufficient to buy the raw materials
(labour would be free) with enough left over to support the
So there are 3 separate lots of money. Donations direct to
charities, cruise fees to run the foundation and "cookie
jar" accounting for meals.
Marketing would be done by the charities. DBA (for example)
would send off a letter (or email) to all the Lions clubs in
the Townsville area (for example) (and inland) offering cruises
at $20 per head for the 4 hour cruise. They could bring their
own meal or snacks or have breakfast or cold meat and salad
meal for $10 with BBQ or hot meals at $20 or special seafood
smorgasbord at $30 including a wine or 2 or lite beer. The club
would need to have a fundraiser (or personal donations) to become
eligible to partake in the 4 hour cruise raising a minimum of
$100. This would be donated direct to one of "The Foundation"'s
recipient charities. The foundation would be associated with
multiple charities who would be allocated groups such as ham
radio clubs, scouts, Apex etc.
"The Gulf" would spend a month in each port with
an itinerary worked out 12 months in advance and working the
northern ports in the winter and the southern ports in the summer.
The necessary licenses and surveys would be obtained to build
it up to be a very professional operation.
Cruises could be operated 6-10am covering breakfast on board,
11am-3pm covering lunch and 4-8pm covering dinner and twilight
cruise. Groups could book 2 cruises adjoining and have 9 hours
We could offer overnight stays if accommodation could be worked
out. And maybe during transition between ports.
The $20 cruise fee would pay for materials for the boat's upkeep
and volunteers would be welcome aboard with skills to use the
materials. Slipping charges would also come from the cruise
I would like to aim for $1,000 per week income from cruise
fees. This would mean a minimum of $500 per week donations raising
or $25,000 per year.
I am after expressions of interest from potential volunteers,
recipient charities, groups wanting to partake in cruises and
a solicitor/accountant to look after "the books".
Maybe I dream too much "on the road" but:
If you want a good taste
of life, take big bites.
Committments of loans or donations:
Nameless (as yet) $5,000
Jeff (full time) Acting project co-ordinator
Jim (the birdman) Vessel acquisition and restoration consultant
Keith (part time) Crew
Joe (part time) Crew
Mick (part time) Crew
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