The 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.