Richard, having read the progress you have made since joining us as a Goodwill Partner (our first, and so far our only), We at CF are very proud to be part of what you are doing. Who knows, maybe one day one of our readers will be able to offer up their boat
to help out as well.
I have to say, Dragonfly is a beautiful boat. And what beautiful souls AL and Jill must have to offer their boat AND a year of their time to your project
That said, it reminds me of a fella I once worked for in Liverpool. He and his wife spent a few years charters in the Bahamas
, and when they got back to the UK they were presented with a GBP 2 milllion tax bill. Yup, 2 million. So they created a charity, raised The Glaciere, an 1899 sunken Baltic
Trder (one of those with sails
, it does the Tall Ships Parade now) and proceeded to teach diving
and sailing to guys from the YMCA. They preferred to do that with their money
than see it go into the tax system. They also have great souls. They're still going, and have expanded into a huge Maritime Academy now, but the Glaciere is still there.... The Glaciere Project - 1899 Baltic Trader
for thought, perhaps, if any of our members ever get presented with that mega tax bill!