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Old 12-04-2021, 02:26 PM   #1
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Robert Beebe's original Passagemaker Refit

Ahoy! We are Laura and Chris Remacle and we are in Trinidad working on a refit of our next floating home- We found Robert Beebe's original Passagemaker, a historical wooden boat - slowly sinking and all alone in Trinidad and we decided to save her!
Passagemaker was once the pride and joy of the world renowned designer Robert Beebe, author of Voyaging Under Power, and the culmination of his quest for an ocean-crossing cruising powerboat. With some TLC Passagemaker can sail again. Today her hull is still as solid as the day she was launched but her mahogany plywood decks are in sad need of repair, along with much of her rigging and engine. It would be such a shame to let this fine historical vessel disappear beneath the sea.
We have begun the task of bringing Passagemaker back to life but due to Covid and the lockdowns in Trinidad, work was stopped and the budget has drained away.
We have started a GoFundMe and Facebook page called
Passagemaker Refit
check us out!
We would love to hear any feedback, suggestions or comments.
Cheers!
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Old 12-04-2021, 02:28 PM   #2
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Its a tough sell to go with the GoFundMe request on post #1.

Best of luck with your project.
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:07 PM   #3
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Current pictures of the boat and pictures of what you've done would go a long way to enticing people to contribute. Unfortunately there are lots of scammers in the world, so proof is now a requirement.

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Old 12-04-2021, 03:10 PM   #4
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Thanx for the feedback. I'm new at the social Media thing and someone suggested I reach out to a wider audience. But you are right, my apologies. It's been a tough go
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:12 PM   #5
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That's a great idea. Not sure why I didn't do that!
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:17 PM   #6
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There’s pictures galore on the aforementioned Facebook page. Their work is also covered in an article in the Nov/Dec issue of Passagemaker.

Good luck! There’s three or four owners of fiberglass and steel builds on Beebe’s passagemaker designs kicking around on here, and I’m an aspirational owner of one as well.
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestion. I just went back and added some photos. We are seriously working hard on this boat and definitely not scammers. We just need a little help to complete the job....
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for the backup! We've been working so hard on the boat that it's difficult to get the time to post it all. I'd love to see your favorite design
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A worthy project Divocean. Best of luck with that.
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Old 12-04-2021, 10:37 PM   #10
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Beebe designed a fantastic boat. We are lucky enough to have found a Beebe in good condition, and are in the process of making her our own. Best of luck in your restorations, and please keep the thread updated. Take care, Scot
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Not to be a wet blanket but I will not use Facebook for anything so even though inclined I can't help.
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I get your reluctance with Facebook. With a project this overwhelming sometimes the best kind of help are simply words of encouragement - that's what keeps us going to work on the boat everyday in the exhausting heat and humidity of Trinidad.
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Seems like they have plenty of energy and motivation, it's money that they need help with, not encouragement.
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It's a worthy cause and it would be great to see Passagemaker sailing again. I was happy to make a donation out of respect for the task and Robert Beebe's legacy.
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The beginning!

Almost all passage making trawlers designed for pleasure and not cargo can trace their history in some way or another to this boat. Well done bringing her back to life!
Please keep the updates coming, the trawler community will help out where we can.

Thanks again, Capt. Kirk
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Its a tough sell to go with the GoFundMe request on post #1.

Best of luck with your project.
I completely agree - a greeting, introduction and a hit for money? Really?
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I really enjoyed reading both articles in Passagemaker.

The Pioneering Life and Legacy of Robert Beebe

https://www.passagemaker.com/lifesty...f-robert-beebe

And the one about your new project.

New Life for a Legend

https://www.passagemaker.com/technic...agemaker-refit

Good Luck! I look forward to updates.

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I thought the original Passagemaker was owned by a couple who were running charters up the Amazon River. Did they abandon her in Trinidad or something?
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