Rebuiding Independence will take time.  We know that we have to look to the long term and be patient and painstaking.   We also know that it will take a lot of money and for that reason we are continually fund raising.  Although all our labour is by volunteers, we need to purchase materials.  We already have enough timber for the ribs - all of which have now been constructed - and the keel as well as the hull planksl.   Once they're on, there's still the ropes, sails, paint and the 1001 other items needed to build the vessel.  And that's without thinking of day to day expenses such as electricity, insurance, council lease.

Our main fund raiser is our "Buy a plank" scheme.   For $20, your donation will be recorded on the wall of the boathouse in American River and the funds used towards buiding Independence.   The pictures to the right show some of the over 2000 supporters who have donated to the scheme.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible, but don't forget to ask us for a receipt.  To donate, click here.