The Pegasus Project

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1992, the Nautilus Institute extended its Asia-Pacific focus to the shores of California with a youth-oriented environmental program that is both educational and transformative. To this end, we launched The Pegasus Project. The project utilizes the Institute's vessel, the Pegasus, built in 1972 by Baum Shipyard in Kennebunkport, Maine. It is constructed of Philippine mahogany and is 45 feet long on deck, 51 feet overall. Its ketch rig has four sails. The vessel can accomodate seven overnight. The Pegasus has been fitted with extensive safety equipment including a Tinker sailing tender and an eight-person Zodiac liferaft.

The Pegasus Project has two objectives which are complementary:

  • Enable teenage public school students from the East Bay and San Francisco to experience first hand the Bay waters on the Institute's traditional sailing vessel. The Pegasus Project will help them to tap their own creative potential in ways that inspire the community to strive for environmental sustainability. In 1995, the Institute identified and established strong partnerships with East Bay school and utility districts. We offer an on going program for school-year activity in addition to a summer outreach program in conjunction with the Shorebird Nature Center in Berkeley.

  • Upgrade Pegasus, via a documented program, to become a model "green boat", with the related goal of developing user-friendly, free software for boaters to determine the least-cost, maximum-impact way to improve their vessels' environmental performance. The Pegasus was adopted by the California Green Boat Network as its pilot demonstration vessel.

The Pegasus Project is funded by foundation grants, by in-kind contributions, by private donations, and from the Institute's contract revenues and private donations. Contributions are tax deductible.

For a list of key supporters, CLICK HERE.


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Staff Information

The Pegasus Project is directed by:
Lea Prince
Phone: (510) 295-6112

Training Manual Available Here (.pdf format)

Life Raft Guide Available Here (.pdf format)