The purpose of this project is to design and mass-produce kits for a floating tiny house that can sail. It combines high-tech modeling and fabrication and low-tech assembly that can be carried out DIY-style on a riverbank or a beach. This boat is a 3-bedroom with a kitchen, a sauna and a dining room. The deck is big enough to throw dance parties. It can be used as a river boat, a canal boat or even a beach house. Oh, and it's rugged and stable enough to take out on the ocean. Kits will start at around $50k (USD). The design has been tested in simulation and prototype; full-scale production will begin next year.
Monday, December 12, 2016
HULL TYPE: SCOW
LOA: 37 FT • LOD: 36 FT • LWL: 35 FT • BEAM: 16 FT
STEERING: TWIN KICK-UP BOARDS & RUDDERS
RIG TYPE: CHINESE JUNK • SAIL AREA: 1000 SQ FT
DRAFT: BOARDS DOWN 7 FT, BOARDS UP 1.5 FT
DISPLACEMENT: 12 TONS • GROSS TONNAGE: 25 TONS
BALLAST: 7 TONS; WATER 5 TONS, STEEL SCRAP 3 TONS
CONSTRUCTION: FIBERGLASS OVER MARINE PLYWOOD
BUILD TYPE: MANUFACTURED KIT, RAPID DIY ASSEMBLY
ENGINE: 40 HP OUTBOARD IN INBOARD WELL
CRUISING SPEED: 6 KNOTS • MAX SPEED: 7.5 KNOTS
WATER: 1,380 GALLONS • GASOLINE: 50 GALLONS
PROPANE: 2 20-LB CYLINDERS IN VENTED LOCKER
ACCOMMODATIONS: SLEEPS 10 ADULTS, 5 WITH PRIVACY
LAYOUT: 2 AFT CABINS, VESTIBULE, GALLEY, HEAD,
SALON, 2 PILOT BERTHS, “U-BERTH” IN BOW
At this point, QUIDNON's design is sufficiently far along and verified to proceed with plans for a full-size build. The timeline is as follows:
Winter/Spring 2017: Raise funds for the initial full-size build
Update 9/2018: It was at this point that The Plan failed. However, a different source of funds is likely to become available in 2019, so the project continues.
Spring 2017: Finish full-scale design; generate and refine tool paths for all of the plywood panels; generate mechanical drawings for all other pieces; generate a bill of materials and draw up a detailed budget.
Summer/Fall 2017: Mill out all of the plywood panels; weld and plate steel components
Fall/Winter 2017: Transport plywood to build location and assemble the hull; glass and paint the hull
Winter/Spring 2018: Launch the boat
Spring/Summer 2018: Complete the boat while it is at the dock
Summer/Fall 2018: Sea trials
This is an aggressive schedule, but my growing family needs a bigger boat already, and so time is of the essence. And besides, I'd like to get many more people living aboard and sailing QUIDNONs as soon as I can.