Tsunami-proof house boat built using plywood
Wed, 26 Mar 2014
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
4 years ago
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4 years ago
But I am open to suggestions for finishing the bottom and adding the keel. I was thinking of a pretty beefy steal keel. I'm not shy about hard work, so I could build a square box keel under the existing structure. Might bust my beautiful shape, but it would help solve the rolling problem, and have the added advantage of providing a stable base for the boat when it is sitting in my back yard.
I'll think on it some more, but it sounds like a good idea.
4 years ago
Well, my first objective was to provide an impact resistant and buoyant vessel. If the next step is to keep from spinning.. I was planning on adding a big 'ol steel keel and then ballast as I need.Kaustubh Katdare@Tsunami Chris - Good to have you on CrazyEngineers. What's your plan to keep the vessel upright and avoid the spin?
Sounds like maybe there are better options out there, yes?
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