The Boat

Courtesy of SYDI


  • LOA (Length Overall):  28' 0"
  • LWL (Length on Waterline):  26' 5/16" 
  • B (Beam/Breadth):  5' 0" 
  • D (Draft/Depth):  1' 0" 
  • D (Draft/Depth) Including Keel:  2' 6" 
  • Displacement (Overall Weight):  2,590 Lbs
  • Carbon Fiber Construction with a Foam Core

As you can see, it's a fairly large boat.  Since I'll be responsible for pulling this thing through the water, the main concern I have is the overall weight.  With the current plans, the total weight is 2,590 Lbs minus consumables.  Add in all my food and water, and it's going to get heavy in a hurry.  I've addressed this concern with builders in conjunction with the designer, and we've come up with some ideas on weight reduction through simplification of the design and material selection.  

It's designed to carry enough food for 350 days and to keep me protected from the elements.  The biggest change we made throughout the design process was adding a hardtop over the rowing station.    For a full explanation as to why we made this decision, see this blog post.  The forward cabin is my main living area and the aft cabin is primarily storage.  

Finalized Drawings

After roughly 5 iterations of the preliminary drawings, we finally reached the finalized plans.  Below you'll see the 3D model.   You'll notice the forward cabin has a large wraparound window looking ahead.  That window will be primarily be used during poor weather conditions when it's no longer feasible to row.  I'll sit in the forward cabin looking out front to ensure I'm remaining safely oriented in relation to the waves and wind.  The large 3-panel aft looking window serves two functions.  It allows a clear view of the ocean behind me while rowing, and the center window opens, allowing me to stand vertically through the hardtop.  

Below you'll find the exterior profile of the boat.  Here you can see where the solar panels will live and the location of a few major components.  The top of the boat is almost entirely covered in solar panels which charge 3 deep cycle marine batteries within the boat.  They'll provide approximately 582 watts of power under ideal lighting conditions.  For night operations and poor weather, we elected to add a wind generator to assist the solar panels.

Below is the internal profile of the boat.  Here you can see some of the inner workings of the boat.  In the forward cabin underneath my sleeping area you'll find the reverse osmosis desalination pump for drinking water.  In the aft cabin you can see the location of the internal batteries.  Directly underneath the rowing seat are two water tanks, one fresh water and one salt water ballast tank.  You'll also notice three footwells, one in each cabin, and one in the center of the boat directly behind the water tanks.  The forward footwell allows me to stand vertically within the main cabin using the bubble top for a 360 degree view.

For a detailed description of the design considerations, see the design page.  

The Equipment

Since I'm still in the planning phase, the equipment listed below is at best an initial estimate of what I'll take with me.  I'm expecting some of this to change as the project progresses.  Once it's all said and done, I'll post an updated list of the actual equipment with quantities of each item.  Figuring out what makes the cut will be the fun part!  For example, we've already elected to cut the wind generator.  It's looking like solar power alone will provide me with sufficient energy production.        


  • Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe Watermaker
  • Spectra Pre-Filters
  • Spectra Off Shore Repair Kit
  • Spectra Test Meter
  • Katadyn Survivor 35
  • Katadyn Survivor 06
  • Rain Catchment Tarp (6x8)
  • Whale Gusher 10 Manual Bilge Pump
  • Whale Gusher Urchin Manual Bilge Pump
  • Whale MK6 Manual Galley Pump


  • Firefly Oasis G31 Battery 110 Ah
  • Genasun GV-10-Pb Charge Controller
  • Genasun GVB-8-12Pb Charge Controller
  • Genasun GV-4 Charge Controller
  • Solbian SP50Q 50W Solar Panel
  • Solbian SP112Q 112W Solar Panel
  • Solbian SP112L 112W Solar Panel
  • Solbian SP72 All1 72W Solar Panel
  • Solbian SP100 Solar Panel
  • Solara 12W Solar Panel
  • Battery Monitor Gauge
  • 12V DC Waterproof Circuit Breaker Panel
  • 12V USB Charger Socket
  • 12V DC Dash Socket
  • Four Position Battery Selector Switch


  • In-Line Ventilation Fans
  • Panasonic ToughPad
  • Panasonic ToughPad Car Charger
  • Panasonic Extra Battery
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch
  • Kindle 
  • Nikon 1 AW 1 Camera
  • Car Charger for Nikon 1 AW 1 Camera
  • GoPro Cameras (or equivalent)
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • USB Battery Charger
  • Aquapac for iPad
  • Aquapac for iPod
  • Aquapac for Kindle
  • Aquapac Waterproof Headphones
  • LED Cabin Lighting


  • Iridium GO!  WiFi Hotspot and Satellite Phone
  • Iridium External Antenna w/Antenna Cable
  • Iridium GO!  External Antenna Adapter
  • Iridium GO!  Mounting Bracket
  • Iridium GO!  Spare Battery
  • ICOM M25 Handheld VHF Radio
  • Garmin AIS 600 Transceiver 
  • Plastimo Tubular Radar Reflector (Passive)
  • InReach Explorer Global Satellite Communicator


  • Ritchie Navigator BN-202 Compass (Bulkhead Mount)
  • Plastimo IRIS 100 Handheld Compass - Dual Zone A/B (No Light)
  • Garmin GHP Reactor Autopilot w/GHC 20 Display
  • Octopus Type RS Autopilot Drive
  • Garmin GHC Autopilot Remote Control
  • Garmin GPSMAP 7407
  • WSO100 Intermediate System w/DST110 & DSM150
  • Garmin Oregon 600 Portable GPS
  • Hella Marine Tri-Color Anchor/Navigation Light (2NM)
  • Davis Instruments Mark 25 Sextant
  • Wide Angle Side View Mirror w/Transcom Mount
  • Lensatic Hand Compass


  • Nalgene Bottles
  • Cooking Pot
  • Canteen Cup
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Jetboil Camp Stove
  • Jetboil Maintenance Kit
  • Jetboil Hanging Kit
  • Soto Pocket Torch (Plus 3 x Disposable Lighters)
  • Twelve Pack of Jetboil Fuel (230 Gram Canisters)
  • GoSun Sport Solar Cooker


  • Dakine SUP Ankle Leash
  • Orion Costal Alert/Locate Emergency Marine Signal Kit
  • Crewfit 40 Pro USCG Inflatable Life Vest
  • Mariner 110 Portable Fire Extinguisher
  • ISPLR 1-Person Life Raft 
  • Marine 400 First Aid Kit (Adventure Medical Kits)
  • GlacierGel Blister and Burn Dressing
  • Emergency Fishing Tackle Kit
  • Carbon Fiber Repair Kit
  • Lewmar Horizon Claw/Bruce Anchor (16.5lb)
  • Lewmar Pre-Made Anchor Rode (200' + 20' Chain)
  • 50' 1/4" Polypropylene Rope (Anchor trip line)
  • 60' New England Nylon Double Braid (Mooring Lines 3/8")
  • 60' New England Nylon Double Braid (Drogue Bridle 3/4")
  • Jordan Series Drogue 10K Displacement
  • Polyform F-1 European Twin Eye Fender


  • Sunglasses
  • SealSkinz Thermal Waterproof Hat
  • Baseball Caps
  • SmartWool Reversible Training Beanie
  • Gloves
  • JL Racing Sculling Pogies
  • JL Racing Long Sleeve Drywick Microfiber Shirt
  • JL Racing Padded Drywick Trousers
  • Patagonia Fleece Jacket 
  • REI Fleece Pants
  • SealSkinz Mid-Weight Mid-Length Socks
  • Nike Omada Rowing Shoes
  • Volvo Ocean Race Sleeping Bag
  • Waterproof Microfleece Pillowcase


  • Waterproof Batteryless LED Flashlight
  • Headlamp
  • Fishing Net
  • Rod Holder with Gunnel Mount
  • Trolling Rod and Reel Combo
  • Benchmade Barrage Knife
  • Leatherman Charge Multi-Tool
  • Duct Tape - 2 Pack 
  • 8" Cable Ties 
  • 550 Mil-Spec Paracord 
  • Assorted Length Bungee Cord Pack


  • Divers Mask
  • Sewing Kit
  • Binoculars
  • Buckets
  • Waterproof Dry Sack
  • Toiletries
  • Pack Towels (1 Large, 1 Small)
  • Zum Clean Natural Laundry Soap (32 oz)
  • Trash Bags
  • Wash Mitt
  • Sea-Dog Flag Pole
  • Q-Flag 
  • Australia Courtesy Flag
  • U.S.A. Flag

The Build

Construction is underway!  Click here for ongoing updates on the construction of the boat.