Self-assembly boat launched

Mini Boat Josh Tulberg’s ‘Mini Boat’ has a speed of 3.5 knots

A US industrial designer and recreational engineer has created a self-assembly 6ft electric boat.

Made from precision laser cut marine-grade plywood, Josh Tulberg’s Mini Boat includes cable-tie and epoxy construction and interlocking assembly with no jigs.

Mr Tulberg, who owns a startup company called Rapid Whale, commented: “My target market is anyone interested in building their own mini boat.”

He added the design time was extensive for 'creating such a seemingly small mini boat', but added it 'paid off, because the boats we built were more comfortable and stable in the water than I was hoping for'.

3D printed parts

The 67lb vessel has a speed of 3.5 knots and includes a thick plexiglass steering wheel, ABS plastic 3D printed parts, Delrin steering shaft bearings and cork gaskets.

Battery powered, it has electric trolling motor propulsion and a stable flat bottom hull design with an interior bulkhead design that enables floatation even when flooded.

California-based Mr Tulberg launched the Mini Boat last month and has now started offering construction kits on a made-to-order basis or alternatively, build plans.

And while he's not working on any other vessels at the moment, he is considering designing a mini submersible in the future.

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