Coastwise Incorporated

Leadership through seamanship

Durham, ME   |  coastwiseinc.org

Mission

Coastwise Incorporated's mission is to teach youth leadership and support the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America in the State of Maine. This is done by conducting leadership training sessions, the ownership of Sea Scout Vessels on behalf of individual units, through fundraising to support the Ship's mission and operations, and by securing donations, grants, and providing other services that the unit's chartering organization and the Boy Scout Council might otherwise be unable to provide.

Ruling year info

2016

President of the Board of Directors

Brandon J Wilkins

Sea Scout Skipper and Director of Operations

Captain Christopher R Davis

Main address

555 Meadow Rd

Durham, ME 04222 USA

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EIN

81-4208057

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Scouting (O40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Coastwise seeks to reconnect our youth to the working waterfront of Maine. This sector of our economy is currently suffering from a growing employment crisis. A major contributing factor to that is the lack of exposure that the current generation has to the variety of employment and leisure opportunities that can be found on our vast oceans.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sea Scout Ship Defiance

Defiance is the name of the vessel for Sea Scout Ship 243. She is a 45 Ft Trawler. Defiance takes her name from a ship that was built in 1914 for the America's Cup by Bath Iron Work in Bath, Maine.
Our Vessel is used to teach ship handling and operations, maritime safety, navigation, and many other related skills.

Population(s) Served

Conduct training in a classroom environment. Subject matter includes chart plotting, radio communications, first aid and other skills associated with the goals of Sea Scouts.

Population(s) Served

Coastwise in in the development stage of a multi day training program for youth in leadership. Students will gain skills that they will draw from for the remainder of their lives, both in business and in future organazations that they may support.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Sea Scout classroom education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth members are instructed in diesel mechanics, electrical theory, weather sciences, and mathematics as it applies to navigation.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Sea Scout Ship Defiance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Sea Scout Ship Defiance is where youth members put the skills they learn to practice as they operate and maintain the vessel. They conduct safe operations will minimal adult intervention.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Sea Scout Ship Defiance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Leadership is one of the key principles we teach. Youth involved in our program hold leadership positions and run their own program, and should turn to youth leaders before adults with questions.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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As we approach our second year, our major goal is to outfit our new vessel, a 40 ft 1986 Island Gypsy Trawler and conduct our second long cruise from Mid Coast Maine to Yarmouth, NS, where we will meet with other Sea Scouting units and visit historical and educational sites before returning home. Scouting is a youth-led organization, so they will be responsible (with adult guidance) for the planning and implantation of this goal.

Our strategies are to conduct classroom training over the winter in navigation, ship handling and safety and shipboard training during the spring and summer. We will also conduct leadership training so our youth have the skills needed to manage the administrative aspects of Sea Scouting so they are a true youth-led program.
The adult mentors will also teach the scouts shipwright skills while they conduct the remodel of the vessel.
Support the scouts as they grow into future leaders.

Coastwise Incorporated, as well as the Ship leadership, are made up of adult mentors with years of scouting and ship handling experience. With a strong program with over 100 years of experience (Sea Scouting was founded in 1912), we feel confident that we can achieve all of our goals for this year and years to come.

So far we have accomplished the beginning stages of their education. We have also secured the donation of an appropriate vessel for them to put these skills into practice.
In July of 2017, we conducted our first long cruise from Bath, ME to Boston, MA and back. All aspects of the ship's operations were conducted by youth members, including piloting, navigation, engineering, and lookout watch stations.
Our next step is to prepare for our second long cruise from Bath, ME to Yarmouth, NS in the summer of 2019.
We are also developing our multi-day leadership program that will serve both Sea Scouts and non-Sea Scout youth.

Financials

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Operations

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Coastwise Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barandon Wilkins

Amanda Shelmerdine

Paul Shelmerdine

Sean Marlin

Scott Higgins

Christopher Davis

Brandon Wilkins

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No