Meet Tsunamiball - the houseboat that promises to keep you and your family safe from deadly Tsunami waves. Creator of Tsunamiball, Chris Robinson decided to work on this DIY project on his own after the Tsunami hit Japan in March 2011. It all began after a general conversation with his friends on what would their families need if the Tsunami hit his home city of Palo Alto, California. While the work on his project is still in progress, it took Chris about two years to go from drawings to constructing the boat. Here's Chris in his boat -
Chris had to build his Tsunamiball on his own and he had no prior experience in boat-building or access to experts. His idea was to develop a tough vessel which would provide the family an abode whenever the disaster strikes. The structure Chris has built is about 22 ft x 10 ft x 8.5 ft and it uses plywood. The main challenge for the boat is not just to float in water, but also be tough enough to withstand the debris that Tsunami waves carry with them. Chris employed a 6.4 cm thick marine-grade plywood for the outer shell. He covered the plywood with an abrasion-resistant polyester material to provide extra strength to the structure and used epoxy for the joints to offer extra toughness.
Once complete, the boat will have about 60 layers of wood. The standard screws used during initial trials have been replaced with plastic staples. Robinson plans to derive power for the Tsunamiball from solar panels. The interiors will include benches that will convert into beds. It's expected that the boat will be ready by the end of the year. The vessel will be tested in swimming pool and then in the ocean with the help of a crane.
Whether the Tsunamiball will ever serve its master is uncertain; but till then, it will reside in Robinson's garage and act as a guest room. We'd love all our mechanical engineers to visit the source link below and check the official website for the details of the project.
Official Website: Tsunamiball