Fundraising Needs – Safety Equipment

Updated January 27, 2011

The costs for “safety” both operating costs and capital investment costs, are one part of our overall fundraising budget.

Toronto Brigantine Inc spends over $13,000 of our annual operating expenses for the replacement and maintenance of our safety equipment on our two boats and our workshop. 

  • The costs of inspecting and repacking our life rafts (we have six of them that need to be inspected every two years)
  •  the restock our first aid kits in our workshop and on the boats.
  • It will cost of $1,000 to add lights on all our life jacket as a new requirement by Transport Canada. 
  • Our harnesses cost $3,000 in 2010.
  • And  life jacket replacements cost $250 each and life jacket re-arms cost $100 each. 

In addition to the operating expenses related to Safety, almost $200,000 of our $300,000 planned spend on capital in the next three years is related to safety and include the following:

  • $12,000 – upgrades to first aid equipment including backboard, AED (Automated External Defibrillator), Oxygen ($6,000 per vessel),
  • $6,000 – for new AC Fire Pump ($3,000 per vessel),
  • $40,000 – upgrade of Electronic Suite ($20,000 per vessel including Radar, plotter, instrumentation, wiring). More details are provided here.
  • $25,000 – for upgrades of electrical wiring (including conduit, panels, switches and lighting) 
  • $100,000 – new decks ($50,000 per vessel including wood, steel, other materials and labour). Details are provided here.
  • In 2011, we are looking to buy two additional life rafts (preferred brand is DBC at over $10,000 each.
Here are some examples of the safety requirement used on our used on the two ships, Playfair and Pathfinder. This includes:
-10 Mustang inflatable PFD’s per ship (20 total)
-1 Mustang float suit per ship (2 total)
-40 life jackets per ship, of which the majority are Mustang. All those purchased in the past 2 years have been Mustang. (80 total)
TBI likes Mustang Survival equipment. A lot of the officers and crew have personal Mustang Floater coats to wear in cold and rough weather.

Toronto Brigantine’s is grateful for the 2010 contribution of $3,000 from Charles and Dianne Leggatt to cover the cost of 10 new climbing harnesses. And $3,000 from Great Lakes Cruising Club Foundation in 2010 to cover the cost of four of the life raft re-packs.

If you are interested in contributing cash or in-kind towards other elements of our safety equipment that we need for our youth sail training program, please contact  TBI today: 

Contact us today for more information about Toronto Brigantine’s Summer Program.

Toronto Brigantine Inc

413-215 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON M5T 2C7

tel: 416-596-7117 OR OR

Registered Canadian Charity 11926 5924 RR0001


Enjoy a safe sailing season!


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