Self-assembly boat launched
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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