We arranged to bring in the salvageable boats to make the needed repairs to get a few of the relatively fortunate fishermen back on the water as quickly as possible. Out of as many as 300 longtail boats said to have been operating in Nam Kem before the Tsunami, only 21 of the boats belonging to the small, independant fishermen have been identified as being repairable. 15 of these boats were brought to our yard and the others are waiting for Tsunami clean up work to progress enough to create a clear path to their boats so that they can be moved. Repair work began Feb 10, 2005 and repaired boats started launching on March 2.
also received our first significant donation of cash for timber around
March 2 as we approached the transition time for switching over to building
new boats. With serious money in the bank account for the first time we
were able to shop for large-lot pricing on timber and located a great
source for boat building supplies that now brings the cost down considerably.
Since we have almost no administrative costs to consume financial resources
(all staff positions are volunteer positions - In fact, staff members
have been some of the most regular financial contributors) we are able
to produce boats at a cost that is below the cost local fishermen would
usually pay for them!