Captain’s Log – Day 25

      Hull design is ready. We still need to optimize the shape of the centerboards and rubbers. Also the draft was designed for a boat weighted about 18 tons, which will also be more optimized.

      Anyway, the interior inside the hulls is now finished: four double bedrooms, two bathrooms, two toilets and two storage rooms inside the hulls. More storage is available into the bridge deck, so it is ready to care at least 8 people for a longer travel.

      Now it’s time to design the roof. This will be the most important energy producing part of the boat, because it must include at least 4 KWp of solar panes. Nik, our designer works hard, so soon you’ll see the result.

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


 

Captain’s Log – Day 21

      First try to capture some footage for the incoming presentation video. I want to include a moment in a rainy day for a stronger expressing the main message of the project.

      Well, using an umbrella to cover my camera from the rain was not the best idea. Wind blew it away together with my expensive camera and the tripod. But falling on the grass land saved them all from damage, so there will be a presentation video soon 😀


Captain’s Log – Day 17

      “Well done, Mr Paterson”, said one of my colleague who accidentally saw my drawings. “Mr Paterson” came from the name written on our rent house door. About my colleague, Uglesa, he is from Serbia, and for a fact, he is the only one who is curious about this project and actually motivates me to keep going. The others just laughs and ask stupid questions.

      Anyway… 17 days after the start, we are already not only estimated the main dimensions, but also draw the first design. Large rooms, good aerodynamics, and enough place on the roof for 4KWp solar panels…

“Well done, Mr Paterson” 😀


Captain’s Log – Day 15

      I am a night shift again, trying to design the bridge deck. It is really hard to estimate the dimensions properly for the deck compartments to be practical for long time living.

      Nik just gave me some sketches, so I am making a coffee and start drawing… Keep your eyes open, because soon we’ll start sharing the technical data of the project.

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


 

Captain’s Log – Day 12

      Step by step we are estimating the main parameters. Now, using 3D is much more easier to change dimensions and get more accurate visualization of what we really do.

     Ouh, I almost forgot – I finally finished  the calculator.  I’ve put all the formulas in a simple program, which is able to calculate immediately everything, when we change an initial parameter.  This makes our life a lots easier taking us a light years ahead on the design. Now, after a few days of crazy research and calculation, we finally get the most efficient cross section for the boat’s hulls, as well as the position of the main mast.

Also for a first time we trying to test the design in “real conditions”, using the latest simulation technology… Well, as you see on the picture, we still have to learn a lot more about this, before we get the real simulation results.


 

Captain’s Log – Day 10

      Things just got serious…
I am on a night shift in the office, where I have a second screen to attach to my laptop. Also a big working table where I can spread all of my maths and drawings.

      It is now time to draw… to draw a lot. And I am not alone. Two of my craziest friends were willing to join, and now we are working together, bringing the things to life much faster. Also I have a good friend with a lots of sailing experience, who gives a precious advises.

      What about the others? Well I still do not share any information. But, seeing me all the time covered with papers containing complicated maths and drawings, some of my colleagues now start to jog with me… “you will give us a ride with your boat, right?”… I have no words to say about that. I’ve already experienced this, few years ago, on the beginning of the school project for the solar powered car. It is nothing different. Closing my eyes and continue.


 

Captain’s Log – Day 5

The first handmade sketch is ready. It is nothing special, I just put some ideas on a paper, realizing that I did not draw anything from 5 years…

Normally, I am not good on this. But because of the magical wooden pencil box, a miracle sketch was born…

Still have no idea how big it will be. Simply because I can’t imagine it. I know only that is have to be big enough to be able to travel across the ocean. Tomorrow start with calculations, so stay online for the next update.

Peace!


 

Captain’s Log – Day 3

      I love the first few days on a new project. My inspiration and motivation is so powerful that I can erase all unnecessary information from my head and learn all the information I need for creating the new thing. I learn technical stuff, tools and techniques for design, and trying to create connections with people that can help.

      Here is the one of the hardest things on every crazy idea I begin – to keep my mouth closed… not because someone will stole it, no! It’s because is so crazy, that even my closest friends, family and even my girlfriend will start asking me stupid questions, trying to show me that is impossible. This is why I just keep my daily log here, but I will not start sharing it until I get more into the project and have some results.

      Enough for today… my head will explode from the new information, so I will hit my heat into the pillow and let my brain to “digest” for a few hours.


 

Captain’s Log – Day 1

      The day start like most other days… I woke up at noon, made a cup of coffee and breakfast, sit on the computer to scroll the facebook feed for few… well, hours…

Warning: Social network’s newsfeed can ruin your breakfast.

      I have this idea from a while, to design a boat powered by wind and sun. I was missing the time when we designed the solar powered car in the small mountain school before few years. I wanted to return that time… but once again, I’ve being turned into a mindless zombie, scrolling and liking other’s posts, spending my entire day. Once again procrastinating. Once again doing nothing. I don’t know why… probably because I have everything – good job, nice and worm house, enough food and a big store to buy everything else…

      And then, suddenly, something happens. I stand up from the chair where I sit on the front of the computer, just to go on toilet. Sharp pain pierced my waist, stiffening my body in one place. Why this is happening?! I am a sports man, training outdoors every single f*ckin day. I never didn’t even think about a back pain. Well, one of my colleagues experience this often, and he was well prepare with a good medicines. So my suffering was not long.  But this make’s me think…

      I realized that I am not fulfilled. I do not live on my full potential, and I am not happy of how my days pass. I scrolled up my albums from the school, where together with the students we designed  and eventually built a solar powered car, later participating in a competition for energy efficient vehicles. Those three years was so cool, so happy and inspiring, that after I finish the project and went to my home town, I’ve wrote a book for motivation. And now what? Few years later I am doing nothing, designing nothing, creating nothing. But no more.

      About an hour before I write those lines, I’ve searched for videos and photos for people made their boats from scratch. This was the spark I’ve being waiting for so long. I’ve being so inspired, that for about an hour, I found all the books that I needed to calculate everything. I’ve designed this website and prepare it to be the first place to store and share my work.

      And now, after waiting for so long,  I am ready to say again “I can do it”!