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Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii! I’m Tim Friend. First, I'd like to thank you for joining the Splash Patreon community!

My wife Susanne and I, and our four children Victor, Jack, Lucky, and Rose, are building sailing fishing boats that will help small fishermen make a good living for their families by eliminating the cost of fuel. These boats will also make fish affordable for you, wherever you live!

Fish is healthy, fish tastes great, and everyone we know likes fresh ocean fish. But none of us can afford it because it’s so expensive.

We checked Costco’s prices the other day: $3.59 per pound for organic ground beef; $9.99 per pound for frozen farmed salmon; $17.99 for fresh wild-caught salmon; and $16.99 per pound for fresh mahi-mahi, ono, and yellowfin tuna.

Our favorite is mahi-burgers, but they cost 4-1/2 times as much as organic hamburger! We have them for birthdays and anniversaries, kind of like some people buy caviar or champagne. We like eating ocean fish; we just can’t afford to. And this bothers us.

So we’re doing something about it, not just for our family, but for everyone on the planet. We’re building boats that take the cost of fuel out of the “what does ocean fish cost” equation. No longer will the small fisherman have to devote one-half of his total income just to paying his fuel costs.

This is a huge advantage to the fisherman too! With one of our boats, he can catch half as much fish and make the same amount of “take-home pay”. A fisherman in one of our boats also makes a huge impact on conservation of ocean resources when he only needs to catch half as much to still take care of his family!

They say it takes a village to raise a child; well, in Polynesia where we live, it takes a village to build a boat. Everyone's involved, from the smallest child who fetches coconut fronds to shade the canoe from the sun, to the master canoe builder who prays among the trees in the forest for days before selecting the one to make the canoe.

We're the same. We may be experienced boat builders and blue water sailors, but we still need our village. Especially for this project; because it's the most ambitious one we've ever undertaken. It's truly the start of a blue-green revolution in the way we do things on the ocean! We're not just making a pretty picture or a new iPhone app; we're building a BOAT! That's why we need your help.

The boat we’re using is perfect for “artisanal fisheries”. These are non-mechanized fisheries involving small boats with small crews, which produce maximum benefits for their local communities while taking a minimum amount of resources out of the ocean. We’ll compare other benefits sailing artisanal fisheries have over "normal" corporate factory fishing, but for now, take a look at one of these boats:

We're starting with a boat design like this one by master sailor and marine designer Russell Brown (son of Jim Brown, the renowned multihull designer and builder):


This boat of Russell's design is set up for cruising: extended voyaging across the ocean, with stops at islands and countries along the way. With our experience in commercial fishing in tropical waters, we've adapted this type of design specifically for those fisheries; our first boat has a 2,000-pound capacity refrigerated fish hold, basic crew bunks and cooking area, fishing areas, and live bait wells. It will look similar to the one in the following video:

High-Speed Proa Sailing Video:


Let me tell you a story about sailboats, fishing, and the sea:
My wife Susanne and I, and our four children Victor, Jack, Lucky, and Rose are building the sailing work boats that will take Hawaii’s commercial fishermen to sea, safely and profitably, when gas becomes too expensive. These boats will help them make a good living for their families, even if gas is rationed or prices hit historical highs again (as in the past).

Because they are sailboats, they will allow the fisherman to catch half as much fish, yet still make the same amount of money because he doesn't have to spend half his income supporting the big oil companies! 

Because of this, sailing fishing boats are the most sustainable, ecologically green way to harvest the ocean. Although sailing fish boats are a big part of the solution; we also need to implement intelligent fisheries management solutions such as EBS (Ecosystem-Based Management) as part of our strategy for sustainably harvesting the oceans into the future.

This type of boat is faster than most motorboats but doesn't use any gas;
doesn't pound in a choppy sea, and the motion is far, far less than that of a motorboat at the same speed. This translates into less crew fatigue and more energy for fishing when you get to the fishing grounds, a better-rested crew when they hit the dock back at their home port to unload fish, and a boat that’s safer for the crew during the whole fishing trip.

It is perfect for any areas with small artisanal fisheries; it will make these fisheries more profitable for the fisherman while conserving the fishing stocks at the same time. These boats are also perfect for small cargo and passenger carriers in lengths up to 150 feet or so. That sounds like a tall order, so let me explain why we know we'll pull it off:


I've been there before.

I saw this situation coming a long time before it hit: I designed, built and launched my 56-foot sailing fishing vessel “Tropic Bird” in Hawaii in 1978 as a solution to the fuel rationing and crazy gas price hikes I’d experienced while living on the mainland in 1974, after the Arab oil embargo doubled gas prices at the pump.

I figured the time would come when I couldn’t afford fuel for a conventional motor-powered fishing boat, so I built a sailing fish boat instead, and fished her successfully for 17 years in the open ocean off Hawaii.

The wind is free; diesel isn't.

The concept of the 56-foot Tropic Bird was a fishing vessel that “lived off the wind”, and it worked. An important factor in her financial success was that Tropic Bird had her own refrigeration system, which meant I never had to purchase or haul ice. I never had to watch helpelssly while my ice melted during those times it took me longer than expected to find the fish (you see, if it was guaranteed, they’d call it “catching” instead of “fishing”!). When I found the fish and boated the first ones, I just turned on the Big Fridge to keep them cold.

(Below) My 56-foot sailing work boat Tropic Bird, at the dock in Kawaihae, Hawaii, sometime in 1980. Sailing fish boats were profitable then, and even more so now.The operating cost of a sailing work boat such as Tropic Bird, or the new ones we’re building, is one-quarter what the operating cost of an equivalent motor-powered vessel using ice is. As a result, if the Hawaiian fisherman using this boat brings in even half as much fish, he still makes the same amount of money after expenses as if he was doing it with a motorboat. Ask any fisherman if this would be a good idea, and he'll say "of course!".

Another way to look at this is the amount of fish such a boat can conserve. If our Hawaiian fisherman makes the same amount of money catching half as much fish, he can leave the other half in the ocean and still fund a decent lifestle for his family. This is completely in line with the ancient Hawaiian values of conservation and sustainable management of our ocean resources.

(Below) My 56-foot sailing work boat Tropic Bird, trolling on the way to the fishing grounds off the Hilo Coast of the Big Island in 1984. 39 years ago, I thought the world would see the obvious desirability of energy-efficient work boats such as his 56-foot Tropic Bird, and I’d design and build more. But the embargo and the rationing ended, and gas prices went down.

Although I made a good living fishing Tropic Bird because she was so inexpensive to operate, everyone else just gassed up their motorboats and kept on doing it the old way. That was 39 years ago. Now, we feel the world is not only ready for, but also in desperate need of this energy-efficient work boat technology. Click on the blue text below to find out more about our "Splash" project:

Splash, a sustainable 37-foot sailing fishing boat:

Rewards
Mahalo Contributor
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
“Mahalo” means “well done” in Hawaiian. Any monthly contribution of $1 gets our sincere appreciation. You go on our “Friends of Splash” list, and can come to the party!
Coastwatcher's Community Membership
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Membership in our Coastwatchers Community: $2 gets you the regular weekly newsletter with all project updates and photos.
Splash Screen Savers
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Downloadable, full-color screen savers of Splash being built, launched, sailing, fishing, and unloading fish at the dock, $2 per month. You will continue to get screensavers each month as long as you're subscribed to this reward. This reward will begin distribution (obviously) after Splash begins construction.
Crew Community Membership
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
Membership in our Crew Community with the same monthly newsletter as the Coastwatchr's Community, plus access to members-only photo and video galleries, and monthly “sea stories” from Tim’s time on the ocean. The video gallery will also have stop-motion weekly videos of the boatshop in action while building Splash. Includes the monthly newsletter.
Splash Selfie
$10 or more per month 1 patron
If you like the idea of sailing on Splash, but can't afford the rewards that actually get you on the boat, we offer the “Splash Selfie”: a $10 selfie of you on a big LCD screen on Splash, with a crewmember on either side of you, and the Big Island and lava fields in the background. We take a pic of you on the screen and send it to your phone. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Splash Fishing Selfie
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
The “Splash Fishing Selfie” is where you hold up your hand on screen, and a crewmember holds up a 40-pound yellowfin tuna in front of your hand on the big LCD screen on Splash, with the Big Island and lava fields in the background, and we take a pic of it and send it to your phone. It will look to your friends like you’re holding the fish yourself! This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Awesome Boat T-Shirts
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
$50 gets you your choice of the durable “Splash!” t-shirt (the 37-foot sustainable sailing fishing boat “Splash!”); the “Tropic Bird” t-shirt (the 75-foot sustainable sailing fishing, light cargo and passenger carrier “Tropic Bird”); or the “Kahu Moana” t-shirt (“Ocean Guardian” in the Hawaiian language: the 150-foot medium cargo and passenger carrier “Kahu Moana”). $125 gets you all three t-shirts, and you can mix small, medium, large, and x-large in your order. Includes shipping. 
Day Fishing Under Sail
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
1 day of trolling in the sun under sail on Splash for one person, with occasional stops to drift the boat and “drop stone” at spots of particular interest (there might be lots of fish there!). Show up and find out what “drop stone” means! ALSO a T-shirt, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, newsletters and membership in the Crew Community. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Night Fishing Under Sail
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
1 night of ika-shibi fishing on the sea anchor, with training aboard Splash for one person off the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.  Catch 200-pound plus yellowfin tuna at night with the crew of Splash, and learn the family fishing secrets that we don’t even share with the locals! ALSO a T-shirt, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community.
Sailing Day Charter With Others
$250 or more per month 0 of 30 patrons
One day sailing charter on the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash with up to 5 other persons total, with catered meals, craft wines and beers (includes sunscreen and floppy hats!): $250 per person. ALSO gets you a T-shirt, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community and the launch party. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
One day sailing charter on Splash for 6
$1,495 or more per month 0 of 18 patrons
One day sailing charter on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash for up to 6 persons total, with catered meals, craft wines and beers (includes sunscreen and floppy hats!). ALSO gets you 6 T-shirts, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for all six) and the launch party. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Surf Trip To (Secret, Hidden, Inaccessible) Waimanu Valley
$1,995 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
Two days and one night sailing/surfing charter from Hilo to Waimanu Valley (hidden secret surf spot with black sand beach and river) on the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash for up to 2 persons total, with meals cooked by captain and crew and snacks, craft wines and beers. ALSO gets you 4 T-shirts of your choice, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for two people), and of course, an invitation to The Launch Party for all your surf buddies.
Two-week internship in the Splash boatshop
$2,495 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Two-week internship in the Splash boatshop while you learn the skills and techniques by which one of these modern sailing fishing boats is built. Lodging, food, and transportation to and from Hawaii and on-island is not included. ALSO gets you 2 T-shirts, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for two people), and of course, an invitation to The Launch Party.
Two-week fishing internship ON Splash
$2,495 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Two-week fishing internship ON Splash off the Hilo Coast of the Big Island. Catch huge yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, ono, and a host of other fish with names we’ll write down for you, and learn the family fishing secrets that we don’t even share with the locals! ALSO 2 T-shirts, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community. Lodging, food, and transportation to and from Hawaii and on-island is not included.
Three days and two nights Splash charter
$2,495 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
Three days and two nights charter off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash for two adults (you can book this as a single person also if you like your bunk to yourself), with meals cooked by captain and crew and snacks, craft wines and beers. ALSO gets you 2 T-shirts of your choice, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for two people), and of course, an invitation to The Launch Party for everyone.
Name the boat!
$9,995 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Name the boat! We’re only awarding one of these! If no one can handle this reward, we'll name her Splash.

But if you are, impress your special person by naming the boat after them (or name it after yourself if you’re an incarnation of  awesomeness). Our only qualification is that we won’t accept scatological, lewd, discriminating, or politically-charged names of any sort. It's a boat!
Six days and five nights charter on Splash
$9,995 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Six days and five nights charter aboard Splash for two adults, with 3 days off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, a crossing of the Alenuihaha Channel to Maui (this is one of the world’s roughest bodies of water, but on Splash this is safe), followed by 2 days exploring the anchorages and coast of the island of Maui. You can book this as a single person also if you like your bunk to yourself. Includes meals cooked by captain and crew and snacks, craft wines and beers.
Goals
2 of 1000 patrons
At 1,000 patrons, we'll put a stop-motion camera into the boatshop to capture the work happening on the boat, and post the day's videos of construction work on our website, with access for all patrons over the $2/month level.
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Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii! I’m Tim Friend. First, I'd like to thank you for joining the Splash Patreon community!

My wife Susanne and I, and our four children Victor, Jack, Lucky, and Rose, are building sailing fishing boats that will help small fishermen make a good living for their families by eliminating the cost of fuel. These boats will also make fish affordable for you, wherever you live!

Fish is healthy, fish tastes great, and everyone we know likes fresh ocean fish. But none of us can afford it because it’s so expensive.

We checked Costco’s prices the other day: $3.59 per pound for organic ground beef; $9.99 per pound for frozen farmed salmon; $17.99 for fresh wild-caught salmon; and $16.99 per pound for fresh mahi-mahi, ono, and yellowfin tuna.

Our favorite is mahi-burgers, but they cost 4-1/2 times as much as organic hamburger! We have them for birthdays and anniversaries, kind of like some people buy caviar or champagne. We like eating ocean fish; we just can’t afford to. And this bothers us.

So we’re doing something about it, not just for our family, but for everyone on the planet. We’re building boats that take the cost of fuel out of the “what does ocean fish cost” equation. No longer will the small fisherman have to devote one-half of his total income just to paying his fuel costs.

This is a huge advantage to the fisherman too! With one of our boats, he can catch half as much fish and make the same amount of “take-home pay”. A fisherman in one of our boats also makes a huge impact on conservation of ocean resources when he only needs to catch half as much to still take care of his family!

They say it takes a village to raise a child; well, in Polynesia where we live, it takes a village to build a boat. Everyone's involved, from the smallest child who fetches coconut fronds to shade the canoe from the sun, to the master canoe builder who prays among the trees in the forest for days before selecting the one to make the canoe.

We're the same. We may be experienced boat builders and blue water sailors, but we still need our village. Especially for this project; because it's the most ambitious one we've ever undertaken. It's truly the start of a blue-green revolution in the way we do things on the ocean! We're not just making a pretty picture or a new iPhone app; we're building a BOAT! That's why we need your help.

The boat we’re using is perfect for “artisanal fisheries”. These are non-mechanized fisheries involving small boats with small crews, which produce maximum benefits for their local communities while taking a minimum amount of resources out of the ocean. We’ll compare other benefits sailing artisanal fisheries have over "normal" corporate factory fishing, but for now, take a look at one of these boats:

We're starting with a boat design like this one by master sailor and marine designer Russell Brown (son of Jim Brown, the renowned multihull designer and builder):


This boat of Russell's design is set up for cruising: extended voyaging across the ocean, with stops at islands and countries along the way. With our experience in commercial fishing in tropical waters, we've adapted this type of design specifically for those fisheries; our first boat has a 2,000-pound capacity refrigerated fish hold, basic crew bunks and cooking area, fishing areas, and live bait wells. It will look similar to the one in the following video:

High-Speed Proa Sailing Video:


Let me tell you a story about sailboats, fishing, and the sea:
My wife Susanne and I, and our four children Victor, Jack, Lucky, and Rose are building the sailing work boats that will take Hawaii’s commercial fishermen to sea, safely and profitably, when gas becomes too expensive. These boats will help them make a good living for their families, even if gas is rationed or prices hit historical highs again (as in the past).

Because they are sailboats, they will allow the fisherman to catch half as much fish, yet still make the same amount of money because he doesn't have to spend half his income supporting the big oil companies! 

Because of this, sailing fishing boats are the most sustainable, ecologically green way to harvest the ocean. Although sailing fish boats are a big part of the solution; we also need to implement intelligent fisheries management solutions such as EBS (Ecosystem-Based Management) as part of our strategy for sustainably harvesting the oceans into the future.

This type of boat is faster than most motorboats but doesn't use any gas;
doesn't pound in a choppy sea, and the motion is far, far less than that of a motorboat at the same speed. This translates into less crew fatigue and more energy for fishing when you get to the fishing grounds, a better-rested crew when they hit the dock back at their home port to unload fish, and a boat that’s safer for the crew during the whole fishing trip.

It is perfect for any areas with small artisanal fisheries; it will make these fisheries more profitable for the fisherman while conserving the fishing stocks at the same time. These boats are also perfect for small cargo and passenger carriers in lengths up to 150 feet or so. That sounds like a tall order, so let me explain why we know we'll pull it off:


I've been there before.

I saw this situation coming a long time before it hit: I designed, built and launched my 56-foot sailing fishing vessel “Tropic Bird” in Hawaii in 1978 as a solution to the fuel rationing and crazy gas price hikes I’d experienced while living on the mainland in 1974, after the Arab oil embargo doubled gas prices at the pump.

I figured the time would come when I couldn’t afford fuel for a conventional motor-powered fishing boat, so I built a sailing fish boat instead, and fished her successfully for 17 years in the open ocean off Hawaii.

The wind is free; diesel isn't.

The concept of the 56-foot Tropic Bird was a fishing vessel that “lived off the wind”, and it worked. An important factor in her financial success was that Tropic Bird had her own refrigeration system, which meant I never had to purchase or haul ice. I never had to watch helpelssly while my ice melted during those times it took me longer than expected to find the fish (you see, if it was guaranteed, they’d call it “catching” instead of “fishing”!). When I found the fish and boated the first ones, I just turned on the Big Fridge to keep them cold.

(Below) My 56-foot sailing work boat Tropic Bird, at the dock in Kawaihae, Hawaii, sometime in 1980. Sailing fish boats were profitable then, and even more so now.The operating cost of a sailing work boat such as Tropic Bird, or the new ones we’re building, is one-quarter what the operating cost of an equivalent motor-powered vessel using ice is. As a result, if the Hawaiian fisherman using this boat brings in even half as much fish, he still makes the same amount of money after expenses as if he was doing it with a motorboat. Ask any fisherman if this would be a good idea, and he'll say "of course!".

Another way to look at this is the amount of fish such a boat can conserve. If our Hawaiian fisherman makes the same amount of money catching half as much fish, he can leave the other half in the ocean and still fund a decent lifestle for his family. This is completely in line with the ancient Hawaiian values of conservation and sustainable management of our ocean resources.

(Below) My 56-foot sailing work boat Tropic Bird, trolling on the way to the fishing grounds off the Hilo Coast of the Big Island in 1984. 39 years ago, I thought the world would see the obvious desirability of energy-efficient work boats such as his 56-foot Tropic Bird, and I’d design and build more. But the embargo and the rationing ended, and gas prices went down.

Although I made a good living fishing Tropic Bird because she was so inexpensive to operate, everyone else just gassed up their motorboats and kept on doing it the old way. That was 39 years ago. Now, we feel the world is not only ready for, but also in desperate need of this energy-efficient work boat technology. Click on the blue text below to find out more about our "Splash" project:

Splash, a sustainable 37-foot sailing fishing boat:

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Rewards
Mahalo Contributor
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
“Mahalo” means “well done” in Hawaiian. Any monthly contribution of $1 gets our sincere appreciation. You go on our “Friends of Splash” list, and can come to the party!
Coastwatcher's Community Membership
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Membership in our Coastwatchers Community: $2 gets you the regular weekly newsletter with all project updates and photos.
Splash Screen Savers
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Downloadable, full-color screen savers of Splash being built, launched, sailing, fishing, and unloading fish at the dock, $2 per month. You will continue to get screensavers each month as long as you're subscribed to this reward. This reward will begin distribution (obviously) after Splash begins construction.
Crew Community Membership
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
Membership in our Crew Community with the same monthly newsletter as the Coastwatchr's Community, plus access to members-only photo and video galleries, and monthly “sea stories” from Tim’s time on the ocean. The video gallery will also have stop-motion weekly videos of the boatshop in action while building Splash. Includes the monthly newsletter.
Splash Selfie
$10 or more per month 1 patron
If you like the idea of sailing on Splash, but can't afford the rewards that actually get you on the boat, we offer the “Splash Selfie”: a $10 selfie of you on a big LCD screen on Splash, with a crewmember on either side of you, and the Big Island and lava fields in the background. We take a pic of you on the screen and send it to your phone. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Splash Fishing Selfie
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
The “Splash Fishing Selfie” is where you hold up your hand on screen, and a crewmember holds up a 40-pound yellowfin tuna in front of your hand on the big LCD screen on Splash, with the Big Island and lava fields in the background, and we take a pic of it and send it to your phone. It will look to your friends like you’re holding the fish yourself! This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Awesome Boat T-Shirts
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
$50 gets you your choice of the durable “Splash!” t-shirt (the 37-foot sustainable sailing fishing boat “Splash!”); the “Tropic Bird” t-shirt (the 75-foot sustainable sailing fishing, light cargo and passenger carrier “Tropic Bird”); or the “Kahu Moana” t-shirt (“Ocean Guardian” in the Hawaiian language: the 150-foot medium cargo and passenger carrier “Kahu Moana”). $125 gets you all three t-shirts, and you can mix small, medium, large, and x-large in your order. Includes shipping. 
Day Fishing Under Sail
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
1 day of trolling in the sun under sail on Splash for one person, with occasional stops to drift the boat and “drop stone” at spots of particular interest (there might be lots of fish there!). Show up and find out what “drop stone” means! ALSO a T-shirt, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, newsletters and membership in the Crew Community. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Night Fishing Under Sail
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
1 night of ika-shibi fishing on the sea anchor, with training aboard Splash for one person off the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.  Catch 200-pound plus yellowfin tuna at night with the crew of Splash, and learn the family fishing secrets that we don’t even share with the locals! ALSO a T-shirt, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community.
Sailing Day Charter With Others
$250 or more per month 0 of 30 patrons
One day sailing charter on the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash with up to 5 other persons total, with catered meals, craft wines and beers (includes sunscreen and floppy hats!): $250 per person. ALSO gets you a T-shirt, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community and the launch party. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
One day sailing charter on Splash for 6
$1,495 or more per month 0 of 18 patrons
One day sailing charter on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash for up to 6 persons total, with catered meals, craft wines and beers (includes sunscreen and floppy hats!). ALSO gets you 6 T-shirts, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for all six) and the launch party. This is a one-time pledge, and you cancel the second month (unless you like the idea of contributing on an ongoing basis to the Splash project).
Surf Trip To (Secret, Hidden, Inaccessible) Waimanu Valley
$1,995 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
Two days and one night sailing/surfing charter from Hilo to Waimanu Valley (hidden secret surf spot with black sand beach and river) on the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash for up to 2 persons total, with meals cooked by captain and crew and snacks, craft wines and beers. ALSO gets you 4 T-shirts of your choice, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for two people), and of course, an invitation to The Launch Party for all your surf buddies.
Two-week internship in the Splash boatshop
$2,495 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Two-week internship in the Splash boatshop while you learn the skills and techniques by which one of these modern sailing fishing boats is built. Lodging, food, and transportation to and from Hawaii and on-island is not included. ALSO gets you 2 T-shirts, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for two people), and of course, an invitation to The Launch Party.
Two-week fishing internship ON Splash
$2,495 or more per month 0 of 8 patrons
Two-week fishing internship ON Splash off the Hilo Coast of the Big Island. Catch huge yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, ono, and a host of other fish with names we’ll write down for you, and learn the family fishing secrets that we don’t even share with the locals! ALSO 2 T-shirts, a REAL selfie with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community. Lodging, food, and transportation to and from Hawaii and on-island is not included.
Three days and two nights Splash charter
$2,495 or more per month 0 of 12 patrons
Three days and two nights charter off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii aboard Splash for two adults (you can book this as a single person also if you like your bunk to yourself), with meals cooked by captain and crew and snacks, craft wines and beers. ALSO gets you 2 T-shirts of your choice, REAL selfies with the boat and crew, the newsletters and membership in the Crew Community (for two people), and of course, an invitation to The Launch Party for everyone.
Name the boat!
$9,995 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Name the boat! We’re only awarding one of these! If no one can handle this reward, we'll name her Splash.

But if you are, impress your special person by naming the boat after them (or name it after yourself if you’re an incarnation of  awesomeness). Our only qualification is that we won’t accept scatological, lewd, discriminating, or politically-charged names of any sort. It's a boat!
Six days and five nights charter on Splash
$9,995 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Six days and five nights charter aboard Splash for two adults, with 3 days off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, a crossing of the Alenuihaha Channel to Maui (this is one of the world’s roughest bodies of water, but on Splash this is safe), followed by 2 days exploring the anchorages and coast of the island of Maui. You can book this as a single person also if you like your bunk to yourself. Includes meals cooked by captain and crew and snacks, craft wines and beers.