Courtesy of SYDI

The Boat


  • 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 585 watts of power under ideal lighting conditions.  For night operations and poor weather, we initially planned to add wind generator to assist the solar panels.  However, due to cost, complexity, and the threat of being ripped off the boat during a roll-over, we decided to forego the wind generator.  I'll have to manage my power consumption based on the situation at hand. 

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

The following is most of the equipment I'm planning to take.  I'm expecting some of this will change as I near the starting line.  It includes equipment integrated into the boat itself and various hand-held devices.  I'll continue to update the list as I add or remove items based on further research and experimentation.      



  • Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe Watermaker
  • Spare Spectra Feed Pump
  • Spectra Pre-Filters
  • Spectra Off Shore Repair Kit
  • Spectra Salinity Test Meter
  • Katadyn Survivor 35
  • Katadyn Survivor 06
  • Rain Catchment Tarp
  • Whale Gusher 10 Manual Bilge Pump
  • Whale MK6 Manual Galley Pump


  • Firefly Oasis G31 Battery 110 Ah (3)
  • Genasun GV-10-Pb Charge Controller (4)
  • Genasun GVB-8-12Pb Charge Controller (3)
  • Genasun GV-4 Charge Controller 
  • Solbian SP50Q 50W Solar Panel 
  • Solbian SP112Q 112W Solar Panel 
  • Solbian SP112L 112W Solar Panel (2)
  • Solbian SP75 75 Solar Panel
  • Solbian SP100 Solar Panel
  • Solara 12W Solar Panel (2)
  • Victron BMV-700 Battery Monitor Gauge (3)
  • 12V DC Waterproof Circuit Breaker Panel (2)
  • 12V USB Charger Socket (2)
  • 12V DC Dash Socket (2)
  • Four Position Battery Selector Switch (2)


  • In-Line Ventilation Fans (1 Per Cabin)
  • Panasonic ToughPad and 12V Charger
  • iPod Touch (2)
  • Nikon 1 AW 1 Camera & 12V Charger
  • Smaller Cameras TBD
  • Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
  • Rechargeable Batteries & USB Battery Charger
  • Waterproof Cases for Electronics
  • Waterproof Headphones
  • LED Cabin Lighting


  • Iridium GO!  WiFi Hotspot and Satellite Phone
  • Iridium External Antenna w/Antenna Cable and Mounting Bracket
  • Iridium GO!  Spare Battery
  • Handheld VHF Radio (2)
  • Garmin AIS 600 Transceiver 
  • Plastimo Tubular Radar Reflector (Passive)
  • InReach Explorer Global Satellite Communicator 


  • Ritchie Navigator BN-202 Compass (Bulkhead Mount)
  • 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 
  • Davis Instruments Mark 25 Sextant
  • Wide Angle Side View Mirrors
  • Lensatic Hand Compass


  • Nalgene Bottles
  • Cooking Pot and Canteen Cup
  • Thermos
  • Utensils
  • Jetboil Camp Stove plus Spare
  • Jetboil Hanging Kit
  • Soto Pocket Torch (Plus Disposable Lighters)
  • Jetboil Fuel (230 Gram Canisters)
  • GoSun Sport Solar Cooker TBD


  • Orion Costal Alert/Locate Emergency Marine Signal Kit
  • USCG Inflatable Life Vest
  • Harness and Safety Tether 
  • Portable Fire Extinguisher (2)
  • ISPLR 1-Person Life Raft 
  • Marine Medical Kit (With Prescription Medication)
  • Emergency Fishing Tackle Kit
  • Carbon Fiber Repair Kit (Underwater)
  • Fiorentino 12' Sea Anchor and Shark Storm Drogue
  • 2 x Mooring Lines
  • 2 x Lead Lines 
  • 200' & 50' Line for Sea Anchor/Drogue
  • 220' & 60' Trip Line for Sea Anchor/Drogue


  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Hat
  • Baseball Caps
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Long Sleeve Drywick Microfiber Shirts
  • ExOfficio Boxers 
  • Fleece Pants and Jacket
  • Shoes (Not sure what kind yet)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Waterproof Microfleece Pillowcase


  • Headlamps
  • Fishing Gear
  • Benchmade Barrage Knife
  • Leatherman Charge Multi-Tool
  • Duct Tape - 2 Pack 
  • Cable Ties 
  • 550 Mil-Spec Paracord 
  • Assorted Tools


  • Divers Mask
  • Sewing Kit
  • Binoculars
  • Buckets
  • Waterproof Dry Sacks
  • Toiletries
  • Pack Towels 
  • Natural Soap
  • Trash Bags
  • Scraper for Barnacles 
  • Sea-Dog Flag Pole
  • Q-Flag 
  • Australia Courtesy Flag
  • U.S.A. Flag

Various Boat Components

  • Lewmar Size 70 Medium Profile Hatch (Forward Cabin)
  • Lewmar Size 60 Medium Profile Hatch (Aft Cabin)
  • Lewmar Flush 60 3G Hatch (Cockpit Hatch)
  • Acrylic Dome (15" Dome / 7.5" High / 1/4" Tinted Acrylic)
  • Sawyer 10' 10" Oars (6), and One Pair of Break Down Oars
  • Gig Harbor Boat Works Sliding Seat


The Build

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