The Boat is in the process of being self-built; I hope to incorporate most of the boat expense myself by building and kitting out where possible.
The boat is based on a 4 man racing skiff hull design with conversion into a single ocean rower. I have consulted with a naval architect and the original skiff designer who are happy with the conversion.
The boat has a forward cabin for storage and an aft cabin which will be my living quarters for my time at sea, as well as housing my communication and navigation equipment. This is also where I will seek refuge when the weather becomes too rough to row.
She has 19 watertight honeycomb compartments built into the hull which provide more storage space but most importantly 4 central compartments and at the lowest point this is where I shall store my bottled water ballast, which will also double as my emergency water supply in the event of my solar powered water maker breaking down. Having enough ballast combined with the air pockets created in the Fwd and Aft compartments is vital for the boat as she is designed to be self-righting in the event of capsize. The boat should be virtually unsinkable even in the event of damage; I have also incorporated collision void compartments in both fwd and aft areas as extra precaution. Once build complete i will have to do an immersion/roll test to make sure self-righting characteristics are correct.
I had planned to name my boat “Sleipnir” (the 8 legged horse).This 8 legged horse was legendary for his strength, courage and speed. It is believed that Sleipnir was not only the fastest horse, but exceptionally smooth and that he could be ridden over the sea and through the air, which is where he got his name, the meaning of which is “smooth” or “gliding”. The name might have to change depends on sponsorship!!! I have also incorporated a horse figurehead (from a tree in my garden) to the forward stem to give a Norwegian Viking look.
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