Sea Mercy's Pahi 63

Sea Mercy's First Dedicated Service Delivery Vessel

Although our volunteer fleet will always be an essential part of all our remote island focused programs (health care, economic development and disaster response), it can be difficult to develop and design long-term programs and volunteers assignments around the unknowns of other peoples vessels. Not knowing how long a vessel will be available, how many volunteers it can carry, transport and destination limitations, and what the operational costs for it might be, has required us to 'hold back' in some of our remote island program development goals and the building of an effective Sea Bridge to connect the remote islands to these services.

With separate funding* and support now in place, the building of our first dedicated vessel will help open the door to develop the health, economic and disaster response program possibilities we have desired since Sea Mercy began in 2012.

In the past Sea Mercy has built many of our key programs around the capabilities and limitations of a particular volunteer vessel. The past two years we have sought out what we feel is the best vessel design that can support our programs. The Pahi 63 represents an affordable, scaleable, and reproduceable template for Sea Mercy operations.

Traditional Pahi 63 and the Sea Mercy redesigned Pahi 63

A proven design by James Wharram, the Pahi 63 is a low tech, cost effective and culturally sympathetic design, sensitive to the local area of operations (Polynesian inspired) whilst being suitable and kitted out for expedition sailing and for larger volunteer groups. It’s conceivable that Sea Mercy could be operating multiple Pahi 63s which stay in country year-round, delivering health clinics and economic development training programs in the dry season, and standing by for limited first response disaster relief in the wet season.

“These really are a Land-cruiser of the sea but with an extremely low carbon footprint”

The Pahi 63 is large & robust enough to travel to locations that smaller cruising boats can’t.

* Although the Pahi 63 will have an incredible impact on our Disaster Response operations, zero funds from disaster response donations are used in the development and construction of this vessel.

How to Help!

Although the build cost of the vessel is complete, we could use a little help with the ancillary items that makes her are safe and comfortable home for our volunteers and partners. Here are a few items that you can sponsor:

  • Life Jackets (20 needed)
  • Bedding (14 queen sheets)
  • Kitchen Pans (2 sets)
  • TBA
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