Restoring an old boat takes the effort of many hands. To date over 50 people have worked on Project Stormvogel and we thank them all. But here are a handful that have put untold hours into saving the old boat.
Bruce Halibisky. Bruce is a 20-year professional shipwright and marine carpenter who serves a consultant during Stormvogel’s restoration. He often offers advice from afar from his home base on Orcas Island in the Puget Sound, USA. Bruce was awarded the Ed Monk Scholarship by the Center for Wooden Boats in 2015. This allowed Bruce visit Bonaire and gave hands on advice created a set of line drawings (Stormvogel’s first), and is now busy making a 3-D model of the ship’s hull. These are essential guides the the restoration crew will use throughout Phase Two.
Jim “Chainsaw Wizard” Madden. Jim has been essential is cutting wood to replace Stormvogel’s rotted frame, about 80 % of which needs replacement. He has developed specialized tools to handle cutting through dense logs of kui (mesquite), a local wood that was originally used in Stormvogel. Jim averages about 25 hours per week working on the boat.
Uz Everts. Uz worked nearly every weekend when the crew began gathering logs from the mondi, Bonaire’s outback. He also helped several Junior Shipwright teaching them how to gather wood and use tools in removing rotted ribs from inside the hull.
Bruce Davis. Bruce has vast experience working with wood having built his own post-and beam home in New York State, USA. He also has helped build homes for Habitat For Humanity in post-Katrina New Orleans. A winter resident of Bonaire, Bruce does everything from fabricating bronze bolts to shaping new ribs for Stormvogel’s frame.
Bob Craane. Bob is the nephew of Johnny Craane, head of Stormvogel's restoration. He takes great pride in his family's boat building history and has work tirelessly on the old cargo boat since it was brought back to Bonaire in 2015.