Below is my original GoFundMe post:
Just a few days ago I turned 22, and was also presented with an opportunity of a lifetime. However, it requires my immediate attention and arose at a time where my funds are running low. So I am asking for your help...
When I was 19, I came to a realization that the life I had been leading—although filled with achievements in the modern social world; including: conquests in academics, the workforce, and material comfort—was not filling some deeper sense of purpose I held within myself. Consequently, I immediately began planning an escape from what I had considered and been told to be “real life,” and six months later I was gone. I had ideas in mind of what I wanted to find and plans on how to achieve it all; but, little did I know, less than a month after beginning my journey, all of my plans would be thrown overboard, and wind would fill sails I didn’t even know I had.
For the last couple of years since my departure from “real life,” I have been sailing in the Caribbean, with the majority of the time being spent under the direction of a legendary sailor and shipbuilder, aboard his 70-ft Polynesian voyaging canoe. During this time I was able to gather a sufficient amount of skill and insight in various aspects of sailing, survival, and sustainable living—enough to make me comfortable (or crazy) enough to want to do it on my own. I also learned that I should focus less on others’ depictions of reality and rather immerse myself completely into what has always been: the sun, the sea, the moon, the wind, and the stars.
With this newfound knowledge in my heart, I have spent the last year attempting to achieve a very special goal: the purchase of my very own sailboat. And just last week, my dream came true. I am now the owner of my dream boat, a classic 41-foot 1979 Wharram Narai catamaran. However, my acquisition of the boat came rather unexpectedly, and so now I find myself not totally prepared and with very little time.
The boat is currently located in Panama, and I would like to get it to the East Coast—a grueling trip requiring much preparation. I have a very short weather window in which to complete this, and it happens to be starting right now in April. So here I am now: calling on all of my fellow dreamers, sailors, adventurers, and anyone who might believe in me. I have been attempting to manifest this opportunity for a long time, and I do not want to see it flounder simply because “time is money” and it presented itself at an instance where I have very little of either.
Your donations will go towards:
Registration — getting all ships papers in order before leaving Panama.
Plane tickets & transportation
US Coast Guard inspection prep — there is a long list of requirements for getting into the United States. My boat does not currently have a holding tank for waste, which will need to be built/bought and installed before departing Panama, among other things.
Provisioning — it feels much more comforting going out to sea knowing you have a 6+ month storage of food.
New sails — the boat currently has only one jib, genoa, main, and spinnaker. Each in fair condition. Spare sails on a boat during intense crossings is a must.
New engine — The boat currently has a 9.9 Yamaha outboard, but a spare 4hp outboard gives everyone peace of mind.
Navigation equipment — SPOT, EPIRB, iNavX, OpenCPN, paper charts, radar reflector, etc… simple, yet very important things.
Fuel — engines are no good without fuel. I refuse to motor unless necessary, and though I hope it won’t, the necessity might present itself.
Cruising permits & entering the United States
Haul out — once I arrive in the US, the boat will be ready to be hauled out and given a month in a yard and some love.
Your help with achieving all of these little steps will get me one giant leap closer to my dream of circumnavigating the world, and I will not be able to thank each one of you enough.
I have a website where I record all of my travels. It has been offline for a few months, but should be back up soon. You’ll be able to follow my progress, as well as get in touch with me.
- Patrick Mendes
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