The plan is to purchase the 44334 for $30,000, an exceptionally generous price established by the current owner. Other 44s have sold recently starting at $80,000 to well over $100,000. Donations so far are approaching $10,000.
An additional $20,000 minimum is needed for other expenses: fuel to move 44334 under her own power to Toledo, documentation, training equipment for the Cadets and construction of a winter storage cradle. Long-term support is also being pursued for maintenance, operation, insurance and off-season storage. One donor has pledged $15,000 toward maintenance and docking, contingent on the boat’s purchase. Donations are tax deductible. Business and corporate sponsorships are available. The Last Patrol intends to nominate 44334 for the National Register of Historic Places, which will help enhance grant eligibility. Heritage Ohio officially supports the project.
Many active duty and retired U.S.C.G. and U.S. Navy Veterans live in the area. They will be welcomed as volunteer mentors aboard 44334, allowing them to relive memories of their service while sharing their skills and experiences with the Cadets. These mentoring opportunities will be of immeasurable value to the Cadets and Veterans alike. Several members of the Last Patrol Board are U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Veterans while John Nowakowski is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.
When not engaged in training, 44334 will be available to Toledo Flotilla 16-13 of the U.S.C.G Auxiliary for limited special operations. This will promote boating safety and assist the Auxiliary while providing opportunities for Cadets to expand their educational and hands-on experiences. This is a bonus, especially for Cadets who want to continue maritime-related activities but who cannot or will not be joining military service.
Long-term goals involve acquisition and restoration of the historic Bay View Naval Armory for use as the museum’s home base and training facility for Cadets and other youth groups. The proposed museum will focus on educating guests about the active military, military history, and veterans through story telling and the preservation of equipment, oral histories and artifacts. This may also include a larger historic ship for museum use and underway Cadet training.