MEDIUM PRICED THINGS WE ALWAYS NEED
Yearly Sticker (€140):
New lights. Each boat has a couple. Those damn things always break because everything electrical corrodes on a boat. But they also get smashed more than we'd like to admit. Not only to the lights stick out (they have to be seen), but when not loaded, the highest part of our boats is the front light. And we go under lots of low bridges. A good question isn't why we go through them so quickly but why they're so damn expensive in the first place! (€100):
Paint Job. Because the boat always looks better with a fresh coat of paint. (€300):
THINGS WE DON'T ALWAYS NEED BUT DO HAPPEN TO NEED RIGHT NOW.
DONATE FOR THESE AND THEY'LL DISAPPEAR FROM OUR WISHLIST. WHY? BECAUSE YOU BOUGHT IT FOR US. THANKS!
Engine-to-shaft coupling. She's seen better days. And when she goes, oh man is it a pain to access this part. The engine mount has kind of been built around the coupling. If you can, give extra for cursing and labor! (€500)
CRAZY EXPENSIVE SHIT WE CAN'T AFFORD BUT NEED ANYWAY!
A new engine (€8,650):
2009 Metal Work on Athena (€20,000). Make us forget a year that was very bad.
Right now we have no urgent wishlist. But we'll still take your money for a good cause.
Think about all the things St. Nick has giving to you over the years. Now is your chance to give to St. Nick!These boats aren't about the money. But you know what they say when somebody says, "this isn't about the money"... It's about the money.
Money is always an issue for us. We survive entirely on donations from nice people like you. Unfortunately, donations from giving boat rides doesn't bring in enough money. Boats are expensive. And dammit, ours keep breaking. Remember, we're dealing with 100 year old iron boats with inboard engines. Why? Well because that's who we are.
We're not doing this to make money. We don't make money. We try and break even. But when we don't... well, we love our boats. But love doesn't pay the bills.
If we don't have working boats, we can't go out. If we can't go out, we're very very sad. Please make us happy and consider buying some of what we really need.
Worse, if the boats can't go out, our club basically shuts down. Perhaps for good.
When we have no money, we'll have to send our boats off into The Ij, burning, Viking style. It will be very cool even if, technically, what's the word? "Iillegal." Then we'll shut our doors (figuratively, of course, since we don't actually have any doors) and drink ourselves into oblivion.
Before that happens, come for from a ride anytime! Nothing is better than being out on the canals, breeze in your hair, beer in your hand, and being able regale the youngsters with the salty declaration, "I bought that propeller shaft!"
So consider doing a very good deed and helping out in any of the following ways. When you give, click a "donation" button (and let us know what you want to give for)!
• Nothing right now. Just money.
• €7 (approx $9) fills up our red 5-liter jerry can with diesel fuel.
• €6 (approx $7.50) buys a six-pack of beer and some nuts.
• €10 (approx $12.50) pays for one person who rode our boat but was too poor to donate any money.
• €36 (approx $45) buys a fuel pump.
• €36 (approx $45) will buy us a new bildge pump, because we hate going back to the old days of bailing with a plastic cup.
• €100 (approx $125) will buy us some new lights (those damn things always break).
• €140 (approx $175) buys our annual sticker (local tax) for one boat.
• Another €140 (approx $175) buys our annual sticker for our other boat.
• €150 (approx $180) to take the boat out of the water for quick fixes that require drydock.
• €200 (approx $250) pays for captains' night out. That's where we all get together, go out on the water, discuss important business, and eat and drink and generally have a merry time.
• €300 (approx $370) gives one boat a paint job. Sure it's superficial... but no matter how much "real" work we ever do, all people ever notice is the paint job!
• €400 (approx $500) will let us hire a lawyer for a day to fight city hall .
• €500 (approx $600) buy us a spare propeller so when we have a problem with the propeller, we can just swap propellers and take our time fixing the old one (usually that involves hammering out bends and cuts). Now we need to take the boat out of the water twice to fix one propeller.
• €10,000 (approx $22,250) let's un redo all the woodwork on a boat. Not needed right now.But it will in an other few years. Why not plan ahead?
• €20,000 (approx $24,500) pays for most of the work we did on Athena last year that basically bankrupted us. But the work did fix 80 years of rot and decay and keep Athena afloat--and that is what we're all about!
• €1,000,000 (approx $1,250,000) endows the stichting in perpetuity. Give this and we'll never have to ask for money again! Free rides forever! Hey, we can always dream, right?© 1997 to today -- Sint Nicolaas Boot Stichting / St Nicolaas Boat Club
CHEAP THINGS WE GO THROUGH LIKE CANDY AND ALWAYS NEED MORE OF
Five-liter jerrycan of diesel fuel (€7). We like being green, but we gotta make our boats go. Our boats actually use less fuel than you'd think (especially if you think they use a lot). It doesn't take much energy to slide a boat gracefully across water.