We are a registered public 501c3 nonprofit established to promote scientific, civic, and personal exploration. Through our merry company of explorers, professionals, and craftsmen, we strive to empower people through the art of traditional sailing, navigation, adventures, and new experiences.
We have come to understand that life hosts as many transitions as there are people and that there are not many options for those that have not found an avenue or outlet. We are here to offer the opportunity to step away, set a path, look forward, and participate in an new kind of adventure.
It became our mission to help people set goals and develop tools for navigating life's transitions, in a fun and unique setting aboard Dubloon.
Throughout the many avenues within our company, the idea of "adventuring with a purpose" is always at the core. Around this principle we built a family, many dreams, and several opportunities to run a program to suit. Currently, our program is undergoing its pilot group trials in a "day out." We will couple our “day out” of exploration with our excercises aboard our historic vessel to help develop critical character components for navigating life’s storms and experiences.
All donations and profits from our group trips allow us to offer retreats and excursions for other local nonprofit groups and those at risk or without the means to attend on their own, as well as help us preserve Lake Lanier's treasure, The Dubloon.
We started off as a local Georgian family with a simple dream: to help others. Our family had served in missions, medical aid, youth services, and reconstruction across the US and many countries. After two decades we became frustrated, seeing that so often, much of our resources were being mismanaged or misused.
So, with an idea in mind, we started a simple fund that would allow us to make a direct impact for those in our community who needed it most. The idea started to grow, that anyone can be a good steward of their blessings by using what they have to make a difference in their home, life, and community with the right planning, tools, help, and effort. As we shared our idea with the people around us, what started as a family vision started to grow into a small collective of friends and community members.
In 2017, our little collective gathered around the dining room table. The Los Angeles Maritime Institute, our friends at Hope Partners, and several other programs influenced us as we chalked up drafts for what would become this company of adventurers--a group that, at its core, just wanted to have a good time doing good works, exploring ourselves and this great wide world, and helping others carry on their lives.
We worked hard to set up properly and hone our personal skills and became a registered nonprofit in the following year. Sadly, in 2019 our family experienced tragedy of the worst kind. We carried on broken but each day we grew some more by grace and the indescribable blessing of our friends' and family's support. This event would shape our direction and hearts forever.
Later that year we would take time off to restore a 90 year old ship, The Dubloon, for launch in January 2020 to keep our dream and goals alive. In an odd twist of fate, we were scheduled to open our doors a few days after the world shut down with COVID-19 and had to pause again. We made the most of it by refining our process and programs so that we could open again when it was appropriate.
I believe there is a need, now more than ever, to not only reconnect with others but also with ourselves and our paths. Come all ye' no-hopers, ye' jokers, and rogues. Life is full of twists and turns, but that's the adventure and all we have to do is live it.
In 1931, Bill and Thorwald Oleson built The Dubloon in hopes of catching swordfish. Through fate this traditional gaff-rigged ketch has sailed the North and South American coast. Nearly a century of stories are hidden within the timbers that form her hull. In 2019, she underwent a massive restoration and we now carry that story on...