Vessel Design

Our vessel Ceiba is a new design with inspiration from the successful coastal trading schooner Ingrid, build on the Åland Islands of Finland in the early 1900’s. Ceiba will have a permanent crew of twelve and space for an additional twelve guest crew. In addition to the core team, mentioned in the About section, many experienced individuals are contributing to the build of Ceiba. Naval architect Pepijn van Schaik of De Villiers - Van Schaik Marine Design is the technical designer of Ceiba. His past work includes Tres HombresEuropa, and Ópal. Our electric engine is the work of Sigma Plus Associates. Veterans of the Ópal project, Sigma + is a leader in their field and we are proud to have them working on Ceiba. Based in Switzerland, the head engineer at Sigma Plus is Peter Heiss. Topsail Rigging Limited will be providing the entire rigging for Ceiba, with additional advisory support of Sailmaster B.V. of the Netherlands, who offers decades of knowledge and valuable advice, having worked on some of the world's largest sailing vessel constructions. 

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Length Overall (LOA) 45m  /  148ft
Length on Deck (LOD) 35m  /  116ft
Length Water Line (LWL) 32.3m  /  106
Height of Rig 33.5m  /  110ft
Beam 8m  /  26ft
Draught 4.3m  /  14ft
Cargo Capacity
250 tons  /  350+ cubic meters
246 imperial tons  /  12,360 cubic ft.
Suit of Sails
standard press 14 sails
12 additional hand sewn light-airs canvas (Studding Sails)

Running Rigging
Classic synthetic, 3-lay line
Primary Standing Rigging
7 x 19 Galvanized steel wire rope
Secondary Standing Rig
Served Dyneema / Spectra
Hollow-laminated as well as solid spars
Termination points of galvanized steel yard-arm bands + rope-strops
Mechanical Propulsion (Engine)
100% Electric Engine
Lithium Ion House Batteries

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Sustainable Shipbuilding

With classic lines and applied knowledge from the culmination of 5,000+ years of evolution in the art of sail, Ceiba's sleek design is paired with modern propulsion engineering and long-lasting build materials to make her the base of an efficient, prosperous & completely sustainable shipping model. Her three masts will provide sufficient sail area to sail in very light winds, but also to provide flexibility and maneuverability for sail changes during heavy weather. Having sail area lower to the deck helps to stabilize the vessel, making her safer. Her three-masts also allow for flexibility when loading or discharging cargo, as her spars double as cranes. 

Ceiba will have a 100% electric engine. The electric engine will be coupled with the most modern solar batteries, panels and wind turbines to make all auxiliary power 100% renewably sourced. An advanced variable pitch propeller will convert kinetic energy into stored electrical energy to power the ship's functions. Due to the high torque efficiency of electric engines, Ceiba's engine will only need to be about 120 horsepower, which is easy half of what would be required for other engine designs.

Ceiba is taking shape at our eco-shipyard in Costa Rica. A reforestation project is underway to ensure that enough trees are planted on a regular basis to replace the materials used, off-setting the carbon footprint of the project and developing a sustainable system where more working boats of this kind can be built entirely of lumber planted for this purpose. Ceiba's keel is of storm-fallen mountain tamarind (Tamarindo del Monte in Spanish), uprooted by a hurricane in Upala. Ceiba will be built with locally sourced Costa Rican materials wherever possible.

We have chosen Costa Rica as our home port because of its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2021, and its favorable geographic position and business environment. For our shipyard land, we have secured a 5 year lease (with option to buy).

Construction Process

Currently our team is working on constructing and hoisting Ceiba’s frames, this process will continue to go on for the months to come. For the most recent photos, see feed below. To see more pictures, visit our Gallery page.

It will take not only shipwrights, blacksmiths, riggers, electricians, welders and sailmakers to complete Ceiba - but also a strong sense of community and commitment. By the time the 3.5 year building period comes to a close, it is estimated that nearly 250 people will have worked on the ship. This project draws upon local and international professional workers & volunteers, with a strong emphasis on building and maintaining strong relationships with the surrounding community. The build is expected to take three to four years start to finish. 

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