The Sand Man’s current predicament is not a surprise to anyone who has tried to work with its foundation. I am one of many former board members that tried to make the Sand Man Foundation a more sustainable operation.
My feeling was that if the boat were more actively engaged in the community, the community would support it through donations. Making the boat operational for that purpose would have required certain upgrades, which the board refused to consider.
For taking my position, I was essentially bullied off the board. There are a lot of people before me that have had similar experiences.
We all understand how unique the Sand Man’s place is in Olympia’s cultural history, and I believe we all love the boat itself. The Sand Man is in trouble because its board has alienated all these people and refused to adapt.
I hope the Sand Man Foundation does find a new funding source. I just feel the board should be held accountable for the boat’s situation.