Welcome to the Western Flyer Foundation

The Western Flyer Foundation plans on serving children from across the west coast of North America, including Canada, Mexico and the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Our first goal is to restore the Western Flyer. Aesthetically, she will look the way she did in 1940. While maintaining the historical integrity and “DNA” of the hull, the vessel will also be upgraded to exceed U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements. A state-of-the-art “green” electrical propulsion system will be installed. The vessel will also be equipped with scientific and laboratory equipment, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), to be able to view marine life at ocean depths. Following restoration, the vessel will be sailed to ports along the Western coast of the United States and Mexico for educational outreach, working with ports and local maritime historical centers. Schoolchildren will be given an opportunity to be on board the boat, participating in scientific information gathering and analysis.