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 WILL 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. OUR GOAL IS IN SIGHT, PLEASE JOIN US ON THE ADVENTURE.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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Worm, Parcel, and Serve

Meet us at the Hudson, NY waterfront and learn to worm, parcel, and serve standing rigging. It’s a free event, and we’d love to see you there!

2-4pm

Aug 20th, 2019

Hudson, NY Riverfront



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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 building our running rigging- the final step before hoisting the sails!

 

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

SAILS / RIGGING    The mast are up! We have a full suit of sails, and we’ve made all of the booms and gaffs. Now we just have to build out the final parts to get the rig fully up. Very close!

SAILS / RIGGING

The mast are up! We have a full suit of sails, and we’ve made all of the booms and gaffs. Now we just have to build out the final parts to get the rig fully up. Very close!

STRUCTURE / CARGO HOLD    The hull and superstructure need some work. The work includes: reinforcing mast steps, straighten a small part of the forward keel, improving hatches and port holes to ensure they are watertight, 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: reinforcing mast steps, straighten a small part of the forward keel, improving hatches and port holes to ensure they are watertight, 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