Duyfken's Survival is in your hands


Yes!  They are desperate words, and let me be quite frank as the CEO of the 
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation.

If you have not heard previously, Duyfken sustained catastrophic damage to her starboard engine on Monday, 16 October 2017. Over a 12-hour period, the ship was buffeted by up to 45 knot winds at her berth at the South of Perth Yacht Club. These winds whipped the Swan River to a frenzy with 1m+ waves crashing into the side of the ship.  The impact was water finding its way via the exhaust system into the engine.  30 litres in all!!

Now, as you would appreciate, water and engines do not mix.   The diagnosis is, the starboard engine is a write off.


                  Written off Duyfken engine                                           Engine bay aboard Duyfken -
                                                                                                                       new engine needed

Here then is the $120,000 challenge – the engines being 18 years old means there are no like-for-like engine replacements, and that means both engines have to be replaced. A bill in the order of $120,000!!

That is money that the Foundation does not have sitting around in its bank accounts. In fact, if we do not raise the $120,000, then the Foundation will run out of money to run its day-to-day operations by 31 March 2018 - not a good outlook.

Just to be clear there, is no bailout coming from government, nor is there likely to be an insurance payout that will cover the $120,000.

It really gets down to you and me digging into our collective pockets and putting some $$ into the Crowdfunding Campaign.

Already many people have risen to the call.  To date, 264 supporters have pledged $62,375 - just over half way to our target of $120,000!

You can check out all the details of our Crowdfunding Campaign at 

Worth remembering that your donation is fully TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Now, there is a real sense of urgency to raise this money. Until the engines are back inDuyfken, the summer Twilight Sailing program (our major revenue generator) is on hold.  With every weekend thatDuyfken does not sail with passengers aboard, it is haemorrhaging the Foundation by a further $5,000 of income.

So folks, this is no joking matter!  It is the most serious situation that the Duyfken has faced in many years.  But what we do know is that with your heart in it, and some of your $$ in the Crowdfunding account, we as a team can pull this off and set Duyfken up for the next 15-20 years.

If you do not wish to make a donation through the crowdfunding site, then contact Pic Lee Song in the Duyfken Office by emailing her at administration@duyfken.com and she can assist you with alternative methods of donating.
I thank you in advance of your support and contribution.

Peter Bowman
CEO – Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation