Help restoring abandoned sailboats, farming and more in Mallorca, Spain

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  • Description


    *This profile is not just about sailing, and we receive lots of applications, so please READ the complete profile well and make sure it fits you. If you write to us, please tell us about the things that you like to do the most and what can your hands give to these projects :)*

    The pictures you see are not all current, you can see some abandoned boats and some restored by me and friends during the last 8 years ;)


    On this profile there is 4 different projects that are correlated,

    1-Izando velas
    Its about Resurrecting abandoned boats, and put them on service to sustainable projects. (On Stand by until august 2024)

    2-THE LAND ,where we all live together in "Papaya" Sailboat we doo maintenance on the land and rebuild a small house. ( Standby)

    3- "Stoutheart" A private sailboat where some Technician volunteers can join working with us as a paid position.

    -In more details-

    1-Izando Velas
    The Project consists of the restoration of abandoned boats and collaboration with those boats with sustainable projects, such as marine conservation, sail cargo, immigrant rescue, and all kinds of charitable projects that need a boat.

    How can we do this?
    Often private ports end up with lots of abandoned boats from owners that died, or owners having disputes, arrested immigration or drugs traffic... in general debts.

    Years after the boats are completely abandoned and the ports after a long legal process, make auctions to get rid of the boats and recover part of the debts. Often the legal process takes too long and ports cannot sell some of them because of their bad state, then they have to pay lots of money to destroy them with scrap companies. There is where we can enter and make a good deal with the ports.
    That’s not a theory it’s the way I have been doing it since I started.

    During my years of travelling on many different sailboats I found many abandoned boats, and I have a map list on my head of them sitting there waiting for us to bring them back to life ;)

    The first step it’s a bit like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know what will come first, the land or the big boat to put on it, what its clear is that there is many boats waiting for us and not all will need a land to be fixed, some will be possible to fix in the same place where we get them.

    -The boats
    The small boats up to 10 meter will be used to teach and practice for students and volunteers the world of boat restoration and sailing.
    The boats between 11 and 15mtr will be fixed with volunteers and professionals used to bring workers and tools to the places where a big boat needs our hands, and also to have a place to live during the reparations.
    The big boats over 14mtr will be fixed and transformed (if possible) in to electric motors with volunteers and professionals, and then rent, sold, or whatever deal we make with a sustainable/ charity project that needs a boat

    -The land
    The land that we use for the boats its located in the suroundings of the village, "Santa Margarita". Chill place with nice landscapes views.

    Lands are the “sanctuary of boats” for us, ideally the best would be to borrow lands from the government, or particular people that wants to collaborate, but depending of the situation and the budget we might buy or rent some. Do you have a land? O.O

    -The Web
    Once we got a boat, we will list them with their specifications on our website so that sustainable companies/organisations are able to choose the best boat for them, for whatever project they want.

    Whether to buy, lend, or whatever deal we make. Smaller boats (less than 10mt) can be donated to schools or transformed into accommodation.

    -The funding's
    Ideally would be nice to maintain the project economically with the rental and sell of our boats, but as we are starting and all boat world its very expensive and a part of the team will be paid, we will have to study which types of funding we can get, as state grands, company and personal donations, and different types of crowdfunding.

    -The workers

    Big part of the project it's going to be maintained with volunteer help, mostly in the beginning, and as we going to work on lands, boats and office we will include a big range of different tasks from office to tree trimming or from welding to manager.

    Apart of Stoutheart project, we don’t have incomings from our project to pay nobody, but people who start with us as volunteers with the time can have a paid position as an Office/ research/social media, management, lawyer, skippers, teachers and all type of boat technicians

    . Students
    This part its clearly more orientated to a future where we have some more structures holding the project upright. But yes, the idea is that in some of our lands receive schools of marine reparation, and with them fix the small boats under 11mtr, as a professional formation. With the concept of with the time be able to give paid jobs to the student's ones they finish their degree.

    2- THE LAND
    This is the land where we all live and a sailboat "Papaya", here the volunteers can help with the land maintenance of fruit trees, some bricolage, chickens, dogs, and general day life in a farm, we plan to start with a group of volunteers of min 5 ppl, and starting to transform this barn in to a nice living house. And some other tasks that will include, plumbing, electricity, concrete, welding, carpentry... That part probably will take another 6 month.

    Stoutheart it's a very strong 13 meter sailboat made of marine steel. On this refit we are doing structural and ballast changes, watertight doors, new deck, sand blasting and painting, and well all type of jobs that include welding, metal work, designing, electricity, plumbing, carpentry.......
    On this project sometimes we take some volunteers to work with us if they have good experience with this jobs or if they are agile to learn. This is a paid position job. if you are interested, you can contact us and see if we can plan something together.

    *OUR SITUATION NOW (14/07/23) :*

    At the moment most of my projects are on standby, because I'm fully working on stoutheart project. That its taking every time longer and longer, as reparations get complex and we found allways new problems or things to improve:)

    Seems like we gonna be one year more working on Stoutheart, during this period i will be able to only receive workers for this project , and i need specialists, welders, carpenters, mechanicians, electricians, and hopefully in september/ october i will need not specialists but handy peopple to help with the process of sandblasting...

    The profile its also opened to create great conections between people its interested with the project, so that we can keep in touch for when the projects start again. So If you would like to contribute on the project of "Izando velas", or the land we can keep in touch and see how everithing moves with the time, and hopefully you can join us some time in the future:)

    If you pass by Mallorca you can visit us , see the boats, and often on weekends we doo adventures, hikes, sailing...
    So you are welcome to join:)

    I'm Quique, a 29 year-young Spanish guy fascinated with sailing and fixing abandoned boats, and i have been doing that around France, Spain, Madeira, Balearic and Canary islands:D

    I'm sailing and working for boats for 10 years; I have sailed with many different sailing boats and had unstoppable adventures that intensively brought me to the projects I'm creating now:)

    If I could choose a word, it would be FREEDOM, a colour turquoise, a fruit mangooo, a musical group UAKTI, an instrument piano!...But all this is today, let's see what I choose tomorrow! :P I'm calm but active, patient, ambitious, open, flexible :) I love to play music, hiking, climbing, diving, and all kind of extreme sports, also love meditation, repair all kind of things, share interesting talks, sail away, the rain, philosophy, recycling and the most I love is nature and the people who care of it :) (but this is all a dream in my head because in reality I spend all my days just working nonstop on boats 😅)

    I'm vegan but I have no problem having meat around, always that you keep everything clean of blood ...

    I’m in charge of all these projects, and there is lots to check and choose that I have to constantly do, but for you to have an idea I’m not the typical bossy guy, and I don’t like that attitude. I like that everybody listens, decides how to organise their time with freedom adjusting to their needs, thinks with their own heads, and that there is a good communication between everybody to decide what its best to do for each situation😊 

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Enjoy the spanish /mediterranean food, music , our tradition with ships and farms.
    See new points of view different paths, alternative ways of life , to be present opening all your senses, how to repair whatever, and learn all you want about the sailing world!

  • Help


    Help needed
    For the land we need handy hands for this tasks of farm maintenance.

    If you think you can be helpful with those tasks in the future. Reach out to us and we can see how we can collaborate.

    - Administration

    - Web page

    -Social media
    - Get sponsors

    - Market study to get to know the ports and how they can collaborate.

    - Study how many boats are abandoned in Mallorca and Spain, how much costs to the Spanish government, and how much pollution is created by the destruction of them.

    - Office manager to help improving the priorities of the project and organise the team.

    - Marine Lawyer to orientate the project to the law regulations in every country and help with the selection of organization type as Foundation, Association, company... And also orientate the law regulations, about volunteering, boat working, boat registration... 

    - Accountant to regulate the economy of the project and the working contracts.

    - Media, videos and pictures of the project.

    - Technical group (mechanicians, welders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers...), to restore the boats and some to teach students about boat repairing techniques. Now paid by Stoutheart owner, and future working for “Izando velas”

    - Skippers, to sail the boats.

    Working on the land:

    We like to make clear that we like to have active people with us, that have attitude of helping, and is flexible to everything that comes. And very important NO SCREEN ADDICTS!(not joking)


    We need active, flexible, motivated people without princess hands, who is really in the mood of adventure and is ready to immerse give all power in whatever comes in the way!

    We want ALIFE people!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Catalan: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation



    Volunteers for all this projects are welcome to live on the land farm where we live – accommodation is on boat 5 beds or in the barn 2 beds.
    We have showers, stove bikes, and car.

    The land that we use for the boats its located in the suroundings of the village, "Santa Margarita". Chill place with nice landscapes views.

    You are welcome to collaborate without staying with us, or remotely.
    We have work forever so depending on how you can help, you can work more or less, as you want, organising your own time/schedule, with common sense, good communication and motivation there is always a good exchange.
    We normally share the costs of food between all.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is buses to go to most of the villages of Mallorca,
    If you like to play instruments or you want to experiment we have many guitars, pianos a small and instruments from around the world.
    We also have all the tools that exist and more, so you can play to create lots of stuff o.O

    While sailing we will spend most of the time on the helm trimming sails, and hanging out on deck, also we will visit every village where we stop.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campervans and motorhomes are welcome, we have nice areas for park and set up the camp.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    No control of time just melt with the project! 15 hours or less/week- no food

Host ref number: 596784168164

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