El Encuentro is a 50 foot ketch yacht built by Jim Pollard from Zeeland MI, USA and his Organization READY ABOUT. She was designed with the vision and purpose of training young people in the ways and disciplines of the sea and a perfect platform envisioned to have her student crew ministering in port cities around the world in discipleship and evangelism. El Encuentro is almost completed and close to being ready for deployment. Once her rigging, sails and a windlass anchor system has been installed she can be commissioned and on her maiden voyage.
How did YWAM come to receive such a gift? Jim who has become ill is unable to complete the final stages of her commissioning has generously donated the yacht to YWAM Ships. Worth $200,000 – $250,000 she will require $16,000 to ship across land from Michigan to California, then $38,000 to be completed.
This wonderful vessel, our first addition to YWAM Ships Orange County, will undergo completion in California and be deployed between Orange County, Catalina Island and Mexico. It is perfect the students of our YWAM course called the School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) – June 4th 2012. This vessel will be used for practicing skills learned in the classroom. She can then be used year round for outreaches in the region. Sleeping nine and carrying twenty five day passengers she is perfect for our needs. Our deep appreciation goes out to Jim Pollard and READY ABOUT INC for this most generous donation.
The SONS course is a second level school within the University of the Nations open to DTS graduates. However if you are interested in sitting in on a week or two of this school you are welcome. For the curriculum of the course click here.