Here we go again...
I will try it again...
This will be my last great journey !
For a long time I postponed the project because of the costs ...
As you can imagine, I will definitely not spend my retirement in a rocking chair ...
Many years ago I tried to build a foot pedal boat in Malaysia with a friend. Everything was ready to go, but then the German customs has prevented it, because of there extreme high import tax for such a boat ....
But it wasn't wasted time, because I did a lot of research on the subject …
Now with the pictures and all the info of
Davey du Plessis Pedal Power Boat,
the fire is on again, such a boat was always on my mind.
Length 23 feet, width 6 feet, beam 5 feet, 380Kg
I will try it one more time to finance such a project.
There are some used ocean rowing boats for sale that would be one way to save a lot of money, but to convert them into a foot pedal boat won't be easy and it would still be just a compromise...
It won't be cheap to build a new boat that's for sure...
But it would be the best .
I can't do that alone, I just don't have the proper skills and tools to do it right!
So I have to find a boat builder, who can build the boat with me.
That won't be easy at all, because to build a foot pedal boat is extremly expensive here in Germany...
First of all, I have to do some research to find a naval designer who can draw a plan for such a special boat.
Davey encouraged me. It took him over 4 years to build and finance the boat, so I am in very good company...
I don't want an ocean going boat.
I am not interested in spending a long time on the ocean, been there done that in the German-Navy never again ...
I am more interested in rivers, channels, Lakes, and along the shoreline.
There are so many places to discover in Europe.
The River Rhine, the River Mosel, the Danube River the Mediterranean Shoreline, the Baltic Sea, the Lake Inari, the Rivers & Lakes of Scandinavia, the Rivers of France & Holland, and the Rivers and Lakes of Poland & Russia ...
The following things are
very important to me:
The boat should have a large cabin in which I can sleep comfortably and endure even in bad weather for a few weeks.
The cabin must offer sufficent space for cooking and my extensive equipment must be stored safely and waterproof.
There must be enough sufficent room for all the electronics and navigation tools !
There must be sufficent room for at least 6 month of food, like I had in my ORCA.
It should have as much room as possible for some large 12 volt batteries .
Enough room for solar panels and a small wind generator must be present.
The boat should have very little draft and the ability to beach. Without that, exploring most rivers is almost impossible and you miss all the good spots. Without the shallow draft of my ORCA, I would not have been successful on my 2007 expedition !
The propulsion should mainly take place via the pedal drive and as a backup via an E-motor and/or a 2-5PS 4 stroke outboard.
It should be consumed as little fossil fuels as possible. So again more of a Burn Fat Not Fuel trip !
The cabin must offer the possibility to heat, because from past expeditions I know how important a heating system is on a boat. That it remains dry and habitable especially in the northern latitudes!
But with such a small boat this is a real challenge ...
The boat should not exceed a length of 6-7m and a width of 1.50-2m so that it remains manageable !
I am 58 now,
it is really getting time to work on my last big dream, my last big adventure bevor it will be to late...
And if I fail...
At least I have tried...
I can't travel in the next years anyway, because of my mother's and my brother's health, so I will give this project 6 years!
This is a realistic time to do some good research and try to get some Sponsors involved and build a good sturdy boat...
If any of you have any info or advice on how to build such a boat or would like to support the project,
please send me a mail !
It is not common at all that people share details about their boat building...
Unfortunately, some people are only record hunters and self-exposers.
These people are no real travelers and they make a secret out of their boats for fear of competitors...
Therefore a big thank you to:
Steve Smith & Jason Lewis
Mark Byass & Mike Sayer
For sharing all the info about your boats.
You guys are real travelers!
I really appreciate it !
Continue with: Questions about the project
Only those who risk going too far, will discover how far they can go!
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