Wish List

Olive Vista MSThe TopSail Youth Program is offered year-round to underserved youth throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.  Our beautiful wooden vessels serve as outdoor classrooms and just like any other facility, require year-round maintenance and repairs.  Serving more than 4,000 youth each year takes a toll on our tall ships!

Our twin brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, can use a number of items.  Please take a look below, choose one (or more!) you would like to donate, then simply call our office at (310) 833-6055 or email info@lamitopsail.org to make arrangements.  Thank you!


  • New VHF/Hailer (Standard Horizon, West Marine Brand) for Irving navigation station.
  • (2) handheld waterproof VHF (West Marine Brand) for Irving.

WiFi for each vessel

  • (2) Routers (Linksys WET54G Bridge).
  • (2) Antenna (wifi antenna 15dBi).
  • (2) Signal Boosters (Hawking Hi-Gain HSB2 wifi signal booster).

Vessel Safety Items

  • (12) Work vest life jackets for crew and passengers ( 6 per boat) Stearns large (West Marine).
  • (2) Fire blankets for galleys.


  • Rice cooker/vegetable steamer for both vessels.
  • Blenders for both vessels.
  • New set of pots and pans stainless or cast iron for each vessel.
  • Work jackets and/or sweatshirts for crew with LAMI logo.


  • (3) sit on top, tandem kayaks with paddles (used and in good condition) or new (UP Sports, or comparable).
  • (50) Wetsuits for teens 2 mm (20 small 20 medium 10 large) – any wetsuit manufacturer.
  • Two 24-inch wide flat screen TVs with wireless capability.
  • DVD players for both vessels (Costco, Best Buy, Target).
  • Video Microscope for Exy with capability to project onto a widescreen TV.


  • Documentary – history, science (marine, geology, ocean, sailing related).


  • Cordless rechargeable circular saws (Ryobi, Craftsman, Dewalt Brand) for both vessels.
  • Cordless drill motor 14.4 V (Ryobi Brand) for Exy.
  • (4) Charging stations for D cell rechargeable batteries (Home Depot), two for each vessel.


  • Plastic dock box storage bins for non-flammable products (Home Depot, Lowes).
  • Metal job box for dock to hold paint and flammable supplies (Home Depot, Lowes).
  • Plastic storage bins or gift card to the container store or IKEA.


  • Diesel fuel from oil companies (ARCO/BP, Chevron, Shell, Exxon,Phillips 66, etc).
  • Towards the purchase of new sails or donation of sails.
  • Seat cushions for inside navigation station for both vessels.
  • Outside seat cushions for the “jacuzzi” on both vessels.
  • New interior cushions for bunks in A & B compartments for Exy.