Episode 34 of The Sailing Podcast is an interview with Pat Utley of The Greenheart Project who are are creating a small, low cost – zero emission cargo vessel using sail and solar power. They want to get these into the hands of small coastal and island communities to help them reclaim their connection to the ocean.
Program Director Pat Utley identified the need for the Greenheart Ship after cruising for over 10 years in his own small yacht – a Columbia 24′. Using the design concept of ‘appropriate technologies’ and targeting low income communities, the design incorporates a combination mast/crane, bilge keels for beach landings, a stern that incorporates a ramp that can be lowered for ease of loading and unloading and the ability to carry the cargo equivalent of 1 shipping container.
In the interview we hear how:
- Greenheart is a not-for-profit organization
- How the project came together
- The plans for a 2 year maiden voyage to test and promote the Greenheart ship
- You can participate in the maiden voyage by purchasing shares
- How to help Greenheart by sharing their story via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter
Click on the media player below to listen
Show Notes for the Greenheart Project
With the project gathering momentum with the upcoming construction of their first ship, there are several ways to become involved with the project.
- Support Greenheart by following them on social media
- Attend one of their upcoming events (see blog information below)
- Purchase shares to entitle you to time aboard the ship on it’s maiden voyage
- Travel to Bangladesh and help with the fitting out of the ship
- Provide input into the fit-out of the interior and galley
Here is an introductory video put together to promote Greenheart via Indiegogo and this gives an overview of the ship layout, features and plans to offer shares for passages and cargo on the maiden voyage – it is also a great chance to meet Pat Utley!
If you would like to check out the Greenheart Project website you can find all the design information here:
- The Greenheart Project – www.greenheartproject.org
To help share the Greenheart Project story ‘Like’ them on Facebook and ‘Follow’ them on Twitter:
- Like The Greenheart Project on Facebook – www.facebook.com/greenheartships
- Follow Greenheart on Twitter – @greenheart_pro – https://twitter.com/Greenheart_Pro
The news site for Greenheart is temporary based on a Tumblr site while their website redesign is underway. The Greenheart Project won a website rehaul by a company called ‘Ideas that Matter’ so in the meantime you can check out their latest news at:
- Latest news for Greenheart is at http://greenheartsailtransport.tumblr.com/
There have been some recent events to promote the project in London, Fiji and Nantes and there are upcoming events in:
- Washington – in early June 2013
- Bristol – 12th – 14th June 2013
- Rotterdam: 25th – 27th June 2013
- Amsterdam: 28th – 30th June 2013
- Copenhagen – TBA
- Tokyo – TBA
- Kyoto – TBA
Visit the Greenheart Blog for more dates and information on how to attend these events
If you would like to listen to the episode with Claude Desjandins who sailed from Canada to Australia aboard his 18′, Bruce Roberts design yacht, you can find the episode here – http://thesailingpodcast.com/claude
Pat Utley is looking for supports for the project be they volunteers to help with the build, ideas for the interior layout and fitout of the galley, importers/exporters looking to move cargo during the maiden voyage or you can join them on their maiden voyage by purchasing shares in the voyage.
Thank you for joining us on The Sailing Podcast:
- We have an upcoming episode with Luca Schueli from EcoSwisse Expeditions so be sure to subscribe to the podcast with iTunes
Thank you for joining us on our journey
Share the Greenheart Project with your friends and help promote this great project