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. Аlong 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!

Captain’s Log – Day 677

Summer is near, and the organizing the project is almost ready. I went in France for few weeks, so next several updates will be with wine, cheese and garlic. The town is close to the English Channel and the boats, rum and mermaids here are something usual.

Currently I am designing the propulsion and boards of NEPTUNE, so when I come back, I will print the parts, assembly everything with the body and hopefully I will run it in water till August. Updates soon. Cheers!

Captain’s Log – Day 641

Another long-time no update. But there is a lot new things. Currently I focus more on financing the project rather than design, this is why there is no technical updates last weeks.
I accidentally went on an event of Beehive Co-Working Space in Varna, Bulgaria, knowing no one. A week later, founding people with the same crazy creative way of thinking like mine, I’ve got new friends and new partners.

Today I am proud to be part of the family of Beehive and a partner of RAPIV – Varna, powering my project on a next level. Stay tuned for new updates.

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

Captain’s Log – Day 636

Running our Crowdfunding campaign for the first time was a lot more than just a big failure. We’ve learned how this kind of platforms work, without spending too much money, so now we know how and when we may use them (Indiegogo and Kickstarter) during our stage of development. At the same time, our business plan is almost ready, and I’ll be able to continue working on the prototype soon. Cross fingers, I have an important meetings next week, which will determine how the finance part of the project will be developed.

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

Captain’s Log – Day 622

Work on Neptune’s body continues. Calculations are finished and the hulls are redesigned to be able to fill with water extending its abilities to dive underwater. I found the right pumps, filters and valves we’ll design and 3D print ourself, but I will show you on the next episode of “Built of Scratch”.

What I am trying to explain you is that there will be more mermaids, treasures and monstrous sea creatures we will be able to meet… I can’t wait πŸ˜‰ ^_^

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

Captain’s Log – Day 618

Self sustaining laboratory was our goal from the beginning. Today I light it up for the first time, showing the surrounding world the power of renewable energy. Wind generator combined with LED super low-consumption bulbs created an amazing night work space with a perfectly balanced light. Now we can work 24/7 πŸ˜€

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

Captain’s Log – Day 604

Spring temperatures in Varna these days helped me start building the framework of the new boat. It goes by plan, even with the basic equipment and instruments.
In the new episode of “Built of Scratch”, coming in the end of this week, I’ll show you the technique I’m using, as well as some tips I’ve learned.
Stay tuned, It’s gonna be awesome!
//btw. today our lab survived its first storm 😁😁

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

Captain’s Log – Day 597

A small “hasty” step today created an opportunity to put The Rare Blue on a new level.
I went to the Institute of Oceanology (BAS), where the library, with all of the science work, is freely open for visitors. I did’t know that actually, I just went there…
Π’hey were surprised, because not every day a stranger come and say “I am building a robot for research and exploration and I wana learn more… about research and exploration” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
The book they gave me is like a whole new world of knowledge for me. It’s already half-read πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Stay tuned. There are a few more cold days left and I’ll start joining the parts of the first “Neptune”.
And don’t miss the opportunity to write your name to the history of this project by supporting the on-going INDIEGOGO campaign…

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