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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A short promotional video



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5 comments:

  1. Dmitry et al,,,
    I know it takes lots of time, effort and skills, but I'd like to see the vessel fleshed out a bit more, with the salon and cockpit outfitted in more detail and also with the model shown sailing, and in much more rigorous conditions.
    I'd also like to see it in a ~15 minute-long multi-media presentation that could be given by you during a TED 'conference'-type setting.
    Certainly someone associated with the Quidnon community knows how to make that happen--there are TEDs all over the place, and courtesy of YouTube they are very highly scrutinized all over the world, oftentimes seemingly by people who are actually sentient.
    I think the TED venue would be well-received, and would result in more subscriptions/interest/orders for this potentially useful and innovatively-incredible vessel.
    I hope this comment might help spur others' suggestions on how to help spread the word to help make Quidnon become more widely known, more wisely built and more readily accepted.
    Lastly Dmitry, are all cabin partitions ‘set in stone’ and due to design factors immovable? Or are there some that could be moved around for personalized criteria for any number of reasons, mobility being just one? If so, could you perhaps denote them in some way--perhaps with a different color or shading? Or are all Quidnons destined to be identical in all but decor?
    Best of luck, Dmitry—be there no doubt, you provide a glimmer of hope for many.
    locojhon

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    1. Well, that's a lot of extra effort. We raised enough money to keep the project alive and to finish the design. Once the design is done we will look for equity financing, and that will include slick presentations and marketing props. But we aren't there yet.

      The cabin partitions are actually bulkheads. They are like load-bearing walls in a house and provide the structure with stiffness. Their positions have been very carefully optimized and changing them would produce a worse design for almost any conceivable purpose. I wouldn't claim that an even better interior layout isn't possible; it's just that retracing our steps would involve a huge amount of work with an uncertain payoff.

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    2. Are the bulkheads required to be solid, or would they still provide sufficient rigidity with holes cut through them? Or is that getting too far ahead of where the design is currently?

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    3. Dmitry—
      The more in detail I go over this project, the more I like it, and yet more questions then occur to me:
      1. Why is it a less efficient hull with less weight than with more weight? (graph ~2:35-2:40) It is counter-intuitive and just doesn’t make any sense to me.
      2. Have you ever heard of an articulated hull? The reason I ask is:
      3. Given the relationship of length/width @ waterline to hull speed, wouldn’t it be possible to use a (military-style) pintle hook and ring towing system attached bow and stern to two reinforced Quidnons, possibly with a stretched h.d. plastic sheet beneath and between the hulls, and get an approximately 100% increase in capacity and ~50% increase in hull speed as a bonus? (I've read through the entire blog several times, and it seems the two most frequent concerns have been the Quidnon’s size/capacity and speed, and attaching two Quidnons might solve both issues for those where one Quidnon just wasn’t enough?)
      4. Would/are you considering a royalty/licensing arrangement with a boat-building company to produce turn-key Quidnons for those who would like one, but lack the requisite skills/time to build one for themselves?
      Thanks, Dmitry—and as always, the best to you and yours,,,John

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    4. 1. When the hull isn't loaded, the stern bogs down faster, decreasing the waterline length and increasing resistance.

      2. Yes, I've looked at all sorts of designs, but eventually decided on the simplest thing that will work.

      3. I have no idea whether this would be possible, or whether anyone would actually want to do it.

      4. Of course, anyone will be able to buy kits and build Quidnons, variously equipped, including professional boatbuilders.

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