As a first step, we'd like to be able to purchase the construction plans and finalize them together with the designer.
As we have made some changes to the original design, in order to adapt to our needs and ideas of Cachalote, we’d like to prepare the final budget and project plan, together with the designer.
For the initial design for a BigCat 65, the designer Tim Dunn planned with a budget of approx. 300’000 USD
Our initial estimate for Cachalote is around 400’000 Euro.
This figure doesn’t include VAT (value added tax). One of the ideas is, that the ship could be owned by an off-shore company registered in the Seychelles, sailing under a Seychelles flag. However, this needs to be looked at in detail.
Here some ideas about a crude plan to construct and put Cachalote into operation:
The ship could be based perhaps in a seacoast town like Portimao, on the southern coast of Portugal.
There are different possibilities, but one is that the ship would be built in Seattle, Washington (USA) with the help of the designer, Tim Dunn, perhaps with a test run north to Alaska. It would then sail down the west coast of the United States, visiting with the whales and dolphins of the region as we go, especially around the Baja, Mexico.
By xx-xx-201x we want to be through the Panama Canal and off the east coast of the U.S., spending time in the Caribbean, preparing for the trans-Atlantic crossing and then sail off at the correct time to Portugal with a small crew.
After that, once or twice a month we want to offer 7-10 day “live-aboard” experiences for as many as 10 guests at a time. The boat can be booked for work-shops, as well as celebrating our own work-shops organized by the crew.
Perhaps we would spend 3 months based in the Canary Islands, perhaps a month or two in Madeira, and another month or two in the Azores. Then a few months in the Mediterranean, and so on. Aside from the topics of the workshops, these “live-aboard” workshops for guests would give them an opportunity to experience the marine life, to learn to sail, scuba dive and to meet with whales and dolphins. Our interest in whales and dolphins is based on the idea that they are also beeings of equal consciousness and it is a profound and joyous adventure to encounter and interact with them on that basis.
The rest of each month would be spent sailing from one base to another with a small crew – and perhaps some specially invited guests – enhancing our own joy and experience of this magnificent world of water, taking time to focus on some internal and perhaps some specific topics. And at times we would spend some weeks at the landbase in Portugal.
The topics for self-sustainability at sea, will be present on a permanent basis. Special workshops will be dedicated to these issues.
The bottom line is that this ship would not spend a lot of time in port and the design and equipment of Cachalote should reflect our desire to spend the maximum amount of time possible under sail.
As I mentioned, this is a crude plan how cachalote could be constructed and put into operation. However, it is the Crew and its supporters who finally decide where and how Cachalote will operate