A former sailor is changing lives and families, with a new, high-end yacht that he says will make her a “big part of my life.”
It was his first ever voyage, and he says he had to be a “citizen scientist” to navigate the challenges of the ship.
“I just felt like I had to really get out there and see what the sea is all about, and I’m looking at all these different things, and just being able to help out people, to help them out in whatever way I can,” said Kyle Jensen, who spent his teenage years working in construction, then joined the Navy in 2016.
“It’s really just been a big part of who I am, and it was a great experience.”
He says he’s already been involved in a number of community projects.
In 2017, he took on the role of captain of a yacht that has been renamed the “Sailor Yacht,” after a Canadian naval officer.
It’s a project he’s been wanting to do since he saw it on a yacht auction on CBC.
He says the boat is a lot bigger than what he expected.
“She’s like, she’s the largest yacht I’ve ever seen,” Jensen said.
“And the crew is like, ‘Yeah, it’s bigger than that.'”
The vessel was designed by Canadian architect and yacht designer Michael Tapp, and is named for a ship in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Jensen says he hopes it will become a tourist attraction in its own right.
“It’s going to be like an aquarium on a ship, but in the way that you can actually get out into the water,” Jensen told CBC News.
“I just hope people come see it for themselves.”
The crew and the yacht, which was built in Montreal, was recently featured on CBC’s “Porche.”
They’ve already been featured on TV and in print.
The boat will travel between Montreal and New York, where she’ll spend some time at the famed James Bond yacht, the Omega.
Jensen said the crew and crew of the yacht have been able to spend time together, and are looking forward to seeing the yacht at the Royal Canadian Navy’s dockyard in Montreal later this year.
He said he’s planning to use the boat for a number a events.
He hopes it’ll be the site of a cruise or an art show.
“We’re hoping to have some sort of a special show that is going to feature the ship, maybe a special exhibition of art, and have some of our guests come out to see it, and then maybe maybe a little bit of a reception or something,” Jensen explained.
He says it’s all about making people happy.
“The main thing that I’ve been looking forward for all these years is to be able to really make it feel like a luxury yacht,” he said.
He hopes to also be able turn the vessel into a social center.
“Because of the luxury of the lifestyle that we’re living right now, there’s definitely a lot of people that have a need to be around the people that they see,” he explained.
“If we can make that connection and feel like we’re having fun and we’re not just making a show of ourselves, we’re actually having a positive impact.”
The company behind the yacht says it will be the first yacht in Canada to offer the full suite of services, including catering, catering services, catering to guests and catering to private events, as well as a bar, dining room, bar lounge and a bar.
They also plan to be the “world’s first-ever luxury yacht” and the “largest luxury yacht in the world.”
They’ve also enlisted the help of the U.S. Navy and the United States Navy Foundation to create an education program that will provide “an educational and therapeutic environment for the entire crew and their families” as they work to raise funds for the yacht and for other projects.
“This is a very special opportunity to be part of a world-class company that is building something that has the potential to transform lives,” said Dan Hirsch, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, who was also on hand to speak at the event.
He said the project will be “a catalyst for change in the lives of people and communities worldwide.”
Jensen said he was surprised at the reaction from people when he told them about the project.
“They were like, wow, that’s cool, I want one too,” he admitted.
The project has already received $300,000 in donations from people around the world.
The project has also raised money through a crowdfunding campaign, which has raised over $100,000.
It is currently seeking $200,000 more, and hopes to raise $400,000 by the end of the year.
The team behind the project said they’re working hard to get the yacht into production and that they’re looking forward the day it goes on the water.