Captain’s Log – Day 871

Winter is slowly coming to our town causing the rum to finish faster.
But today was incredibly sunny, and I used it to finish the fiberglass coating of the Side-fins. Now they are almost finally ready, with a bunch of improvements which I’ll show you in the next episode of ‘Built of Scratch’.
Until then, stay warm, drink tea with rum and be patient. Santa is on his way ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸฆŒ๐ŸŒŸโ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Captain’s Log – Day 840

Its the first time we try the concept to cover the PLA 3D printed parts with fiberglass and epoxy.
Cross fingers because if we succeed, all parts will be not only strengthen, but also well protected from the sea water.
Rum for everyone! ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฆ‘

Captain’s Log – Day 839

One of the reasons this project exists is to inspire you and others to advance the technologies for exploring and preserving the sea. We were amazed to learn that our work motivates even children to do engineering.

Today the Lab of The Rare Blue was visited by The Children’s house with 8 really young boys and girls and their parents, to see the engineering process here. The Children’s house in Varna actually works to inspire children to create, following their interests and talents, and now they are exploring opportunities to build a machine. Amazing!
I promised to help them as an engineer in the process of creation, so more news soon.

No Rum this time. Ok, maybe for the children’s parents only.

Captain’s Log – Day 826

I think it’s a record for a long time without an update. Some things have been changed, but in the same direction: supporting nature conservation.

Neptune already has a new design, mostly inspired by nature. Its purpose has also been updated following the latest trends in AI technology. Now it will be more efficient, it will work with a really small amount of energy, easier to operate underwater and above and many more.
Currently I finish the “fish-like” side fins which are the most complex mechanical part of the robot. In the next episode of “Built of Scratch” coming very soon, you will learn and see more about it.
The project is now completely “Open-Source”, so all the drawings and instructions will be freely shared soon.
“Rum for everyone!”

Captain’s Log – Day 756

Back in Varna after 3 months spent along the endless beaches of northwestern France. The new equipment are now in the Lab and the setup is almost complete. Today I may able to make the first 3D printed part, using only a solar energy. Cross fingers!

“Rum to the bottom and let Poseidon be with us!”

Captain’s Log – Day 730

Sixty years ago, Captain Jacques Cousteau started the era of the Deep See exploration, giving us new knowledge, a lot of new inventions and a new amazing feature to dream for.
Two years ago, inspired by the infinite blue horizon, I decided to follow his work, researching the abilities of man kind to achieve a new level of technological, social and cultural advancement, based on sustainable growth in balance with the Sea and its nature.
This is how on 10th of July, 2017, 730 days ago, The Rare Blue Project born. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Happy 2 years, The Rare Blue and all the team, partners and friends of the project!

“Rum for everyone and let Poseidon be with us!”

Captain’s Log – Day 713

Do you remember when I told you about the endless coastline beach of Northern France? Well it is much more than that. Here in the swampy areas behind the beach are the place where most of the birds (some of them very rare) are nesting in the early summer.

Here I have the chance to see things that are impossible to be seeing around the big town. This of course costs me a dozens kilometers of walking, but it is always worth it.

First few weeks here I’ve got depressed because of lowering my social contacts. French language is not an easy task and most of the people wont speak English. Later on, things changed when I realized that I can just go out and discover the surrounding area. This inspired my creativity and helped me continue with the engineering work.

Then another door opened and brought me an amazing miracle: the most wanted instrument I’ve ever needed for The Rare Blue – 3D printer.

I’ve bought this amazing piece of machinery together with my new partner, Valery Dimov, an electric engineer and inventor, working with the complex installations of the most expensive yachts you ever seeing. Together, we work on one amazing instrument – an Open-source Hydrodynamic Test Tunnel for education purposes with a middle speed fluid flow. I’ll tell you more later.
At the same time NEPTUNE will also be released as an open-source DIY design. I think I’ve already told you that. However More info – soon.
Stay tuned and enjoy your life. Because when you find a way to be positive from what you have, more positive things will come.

“Rum to the bottom and let Poseidon be with us!”

Captain’s Log – Day 708

Another long period without updates. Sorry about that! Many things happened over these weeks.
First one is the quitting of my partner Stiliyan Hvarchilkov. He choose another path to follow and it is far away from the goals The Rare Blue have. I wanna say one BIG “THANK YOU” to his dedication and help over this year and half and wish him many many luck!
At the same time, project continues with full speed, even I am far away from the lab again. This time in Gravelines, France. ะlong with the infinitely long beaches of the British Channel, I have also the time and resources to upgrade the concepts of NEPTUNE’s design, away from the distraction of the big town. I also decide to develop a full open-source documentation of NEPTUNE and share it with all of you, so you will be able to create your own “sea explorer”. More information – soon.
And one more thing… here in France I am working on another project: a DIY Hydrodynamic test tunnel for schools and individuals, together with a new partner, that I will announce his name soon.
That’s it!

“Rum for everyone and let Poseidon be with us!”

Captain’s Log – Day 679

Walking around to see the town I am staying, I found an incredible view hidden beyond the water-level gateway. Because of the coasts of the British Channel, tides are changing the water level about 10m, twice a day. This causes the beach to increase enormously, or disrepair completely, every day.
I was luckily enough to catch the tidal minimum and see this phenomenal site-seeing, where the land touches the infinite sea… Enjoy!