This blog has four exciting sections! 

1. Sourcing Hurricane Lumber
2. Rollin' Down the Keel (Video)
3. Shipyard Delivery - Bringing the timber to where Ceiba will be built!
4. Natural Destruction: trees damaged by the hurricane.

Sourcing Hurricane Lumber

1. Below Here we are in the North of Costa Rica, in Upala. This is where the hurricane OTTO made landfall in autumn of last year. OTTO was the first hurricane ever to hit Costa Rica since record began. These massive 'Tamarindo de Monte' will make up our keel. It will take three of these gargantuan trees just to make the keel of Ceiba.

In the third picture you can see our main wood-sourcing contact, Hernan of Guacimal. Hernan not only finds the appropriate trees for us, but also secures the environmental permit for each individual tree to remove it from the land. These trees were taken down naturally by the wind, making them both locally & sustainable sourced.  

For size reference, notice the bulldozer in photo #5 and #6.

Rollin' Down the Keel

2. Below This video was first released to our exclusive newsletter group (email to sign up) however now it - and many other of our videos - are available on our new SAILCARGO INC. YouTube Channel! This video is 1:38 long, but skip ahead to halfway if you don't have time!

Above Video of unloading the large timbers at our shipyard in Punta Morales, Costa Rica. Skip ahead to halfway if you don't have time - the ending is good! This team really knew how to move logs these size!

Shipyard Delivery

3. Below Unloading the huge trees onto our shipyard in Punta Morales! The driver commented a few times that the easy entrance and access to the relatively flat land made delivery simple. Other sites we had considered were much more difficult to access. 

We were able to call us a neighbor who had a tractor and with his help haul the hardwoods off the bed of the truck. We estimate that each of the larger trunks weighs approx. 3 to 5 tons per tree.  

Natural Destruction

4. Below Back up in the North of Costa Rica, where the keel timbers were sourced in Upala, these photos show the damage caused by Hurricane Otto. You can see massive uprooted trees and branches ripped away from the huge hardwoods. The land-owners are doing what they can to salvage lumber and clean up their partially forested grazing grounds.

Naturally Environmental 

We aim to source the lumber for our tallship 100% sustainably, using as many naturally wind-fallen trees as possible.

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