An Introduction To Splash, A Sailing Fishing Vessel
Splash is a 37-foot long sailing fishing boat built using a completely sustainable, ecologically friendly, carbon-negative modern technology which employs 95% wood for construction. Not only does this technology use wood, it uses the cheapest, lowest-quality wood there is. The result is a vessel that is strong, durable, unsinkable, safe, and comfortable at sea. Those are some pretty strong claims; if you’re wondering what we’re talking about, you can
Starting with the proven construction technology from our original 56-foot Tropic Bird, the 37-foot long Splash is based on a traditional Polynesian canoe design; only she uses all modern components such as epoxy, fiberglass, marine plywood, and dacron ropes and sails for strength, safety, and longevity.
The resulting vessel not only travels the ocean at almost no cost, it does so faster than the motorboats it is going to replace: Splash gets to the fishing grounds faster than many motorboats! Splash has a 2,000 pound fish hold, and her own energy-efficient refrigeration system so her owners will never have to buy ice or watch it melt.
Splash is designed for safely and profitably fishing with a crew of two, within 50 miles or 4 hours return travel of a port of refuge in unpredictable weather, and within 100 miles or 8 hours travel of a port of refuge during good weather with dependable forecasts. Although she can easily and safely travel longer distances through very bad weather when lightly loaded, the fisherman never hopes she is “lightly loaded” when it’s time to go home.
If we had a Splash right now, we could show you how she sails, how you catch fish off her, and take you for a sail. But we don’t. Yet.
We’re inviting you to use your vision, your imagination, and your green energy ($) to help us make her a reality. Your participation will make a difference in this project; here’s some fuel for your imagination:
Splash will sail like this:
And Splash will look like this:
(Below) This is a rigging layout concept sketch showing stay locations, winch locations, sheet leads, and other details. This was back before the Splash concept got expanded to 37 feet as a result of engineering calculations that indicated she needed a greater carrying capacity.
(Below) This is a deck layout concept sketch showing crossbeam locations, hatch sizes, types, and opening directions; also watertight bulkhead locations plus details of the baitwells (ikema is the Japanese word in the sketch that means “live bait well”).
(Below) More deck layout; this concept sketch shows rudder details and placement, working deck areas where fishermen stand when pulling lines and gaffing fish, and “manu” (which, by now, you must know is Hawaiian for something). Man, we need to write a whole separate PAGE about what a manu is, and how it helps keep a small boat like this safe if it ever gets into bad weather and survival conditions out at sea.
That’s Splash! We’re doing a little more every day to make her a reality; if you’d like to be part of the community that creates her, please do what you can to help out.