BRINGING SAIL FREIGHT BACK TO THE HUDSON RIVER

THE APOLLONIA IS THE HUDSON VALLEY’S LARGEST CARBON-NEUTRAL MERCHANT VESSEL. POWERED BY WIND AND USED VEGETABLE OIL, THE APOLLONIA can TRANSPORT HER CARGO SUSTAINABLY. THIS IS NOT A LIVING-HISTORY PROJECT TRYING TO MAKE THE PAST “COME ALIVE”.  WE ARE PART OF A GROWING SAIL FREIGHT MOVEMENT COMMITTED TO RELEVANT, INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS. The GOAL IS IN SIGHT, PLEASE JOIN US ON THE ADVENTURE as we launch in 2020.

Help Support sail freight and sponsor a block

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We've handcrafted 35 blocks and 5 spars and are looking for people to sponsor them. Please consider supporting sail freight by sponsoring a block, boom or gaff. All proceeds go to finishing the restoration so that we can put her to work hauling cargo in 2020!


Projects in progress:

SAILS / RIGGING    The mast are up! Our sails, booms, gaffs and halyards are all rigged. Now we just need to finish deck hardware and figure out how to belay everything. Very close!

SAILS / RIGGING

The mast are up! Our sails, booms, gaffs and halyards are all rigged. Now we just need to finish deck hardware and figure out how to belay everything. Very close!

STRUCTURE / CARGO HOLD    The hull and superstructure need some work. The work includes: re-bedding hatches and port holes, servicing all dogs and gaskets on the watertight doors, and quite importantly, building out our cargo hold and access hatch.

STRUCTURE / CARGO HOLD

The hull and superstructure need some work. The work includes: re-bedding hatches and port holes, servicing all dogs and gaskets on the watertight doors, and quite importantly, building out our cargo hold and access hatch.

VEGGIE CONVERSION    Our Detroit Diesel powerplant will get a second fuel system to enable her to burn used vegetable oil. Although we'll be primarily under sail power, and when the time comes that we need to speed up to make a delivery deadline or maneuver safely in a busy harbor, we'll be proud to burn vegetable oil instead of diesel fuel. Conveniently, Sam does this work for a living.

VEGGIE CONVERSION

Our Detroit Diesel powerplant will get a second fuel system to enable her to burn used vegetable oil. Although we'll be primarily under sail power, and when the time comes that we need to speed up to make a delivery deadline or maneuver safely in a busy harbor, we'll be proud to burn vegetable oil instead of diesel fuel. Conveniently, Sam does this work for a living.

NAVIGATION SYSTEM    We will purchase radar, depth sounders, and other tools for navigation. The Apollonia is no small boat, and keeping ourselves and others safe is a priority. Additionally, we will upgrade the instrumentation, and install solar panels to maintain the battery system and enable the boat to anchor safely, without shore power connected .

NAVIGATION SYSTEM

We will purchase radar, depth sounders, and other tools for navigation. The Apollonia is no small boat, and keeping ourselves and others safe is a priority. Additionally, we will upgrade the instrumentation, and install solar panels to maintain the battery system and enable the boat to anchor safely, without shore power connected.

 
 
 

Most forms of transportation work against natural forces, using engines and machinery to overcome inertia, friction, and gravity, excluding the influence of the elements as much as possible. Moving in a sailboat depends on your harmony with the forces of nature; you're not overcoming the forces of nature, but moving with them.

- Jan Adkins The Craft of Sailing