Mission Ship • Ixdos

Mobile Mother and Child Health Clinic

Working with the Dept of Health, Papua New Guinea for 5 years on an Asian Development Bank project to improve rural health services in the provinces.

Observing the need for a mobile Mother and Child Health clinic to take health services and sustainable water system technology to the islands.

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Mission :

To take health services and sustainable water system technology to otherwise deprived island communities wherever appropriate in the world.

Mission statement :


Schooner Ixdos will transport a health clinic with appropriate professional staff to remote islands after securing agreement with government health ministries in order to administer childhood inoculations and in co-operation with agencies such as UNICEF et ROTARY INTERNATIONAL.

State-of-the-art :

The Schooner is under construction at Phuket, Thailand.  She is being built to plans by Australian Naval Architect, Bruce Roberts.

She has been designed to achieve efficient sailing to windward and will also have an auxiliary engine.

Hull construction is from low carbon SS400 steel welded by certificated welders.  Hull, decks and deck-house are complete and

she has 3 steel water-tight bulkheads. The hull has been insulated internally with PU foam.  A forward section is dedicated as the Clinic.  Her diesel engine is a marine Perkins150hp which came from HM King of Thailand’s royal barge in Bangkok. It has been completely overhauled.

  • An 8KW Kohler diesel generator is installed in the engine-room.
  • Two 700 litre fuel tanks have been installed in the engine-room.
  • Two 350 litre (approx) water tanks have been installed in the poop.
  • Two 350 litre (approx) water tanks have been installed for’ard.
  • One 350 litre (approx) water tank has been installed in the keel.
  • Two insulated spaces have been provided for cold chain refrigeration.
  • 220V electrical supply is to starboard and 12v to port.
  • A solar panel and a wind generator are on board.
  • Accommodation is in 6 double cabins.

Crew :

Professional crew will consist of Captain, Doctor, Nurse, and Teacher.

Amateur crew will be selected from student applications on a mission by mission basis.

Statistics :

Length: 60ft

Beam: 15ft

Draft: 6ft

Sail Area:

Displacement: 30 tons

Immediate challenge :

  • To raise sufficient funds to complete construction.


Help us to realize this dream on which we spent so many years ...

Make a gesture to enable underprivileged children and mothers to obtain maternal and child health care.

We urgently need the equivalent of US $ 5,000

Further works to be completed:

  • Clinic.
  • Masts, standing rigging, sails and running rigging
  • Electronics
  • Steering gear
  • Anchor windlass
  • Winches

Anticipated launch date: December 2019

Framework for organisation when building completed :

Anticipated first health missions :

  • Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea

Sustaining the project for future health missions :

Especially: proper funding to provide continuity of health missions.



In July we completed construction in co-operation with the British International School Phuket and moved from the campus to Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket.

  • Here we have been granted a 50% reduction on berthing charges on the hard stand.
  • We are also offered a free launch facility.

After the recent Indonesian earthquake, we were invited by Help Worldwide to help in the aftermath of the disaster.
We had to state that it will take about 3 months to finish building, launch and become operational.

We are in urgent need of funds to make this come true. 

An immediate sum of $5,000 is needed now.  A further $5,000 will also be needed.


Patrick VICKERS (In English only)

  +66 (0) 84 176 1832
  [email protected]


This is a story about an ancient mariner fulfilling his dream:

Captain Patrick Vickers

Captain Patrick Vickers

My Dad got me boating as a boy when I enjoyed many happy hours messing about in little boats in Chichester harbour on the South coast of England.
Navy time confirmed my love of the sea. One day we set sail for France in a 20ft sloop; what an adventure across the busy shipping lanes of the Channel, La Manche!

We did it and returned for more… My boats got bigger… there was the 100ton schooner Elsa we sailed from Sweden to the Medway in England while making a film for the BBC. Then came the 50ton ketch Bukefalos from Denmark to the Mediterranean which idyl ended with the birth of my son, and a new …

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