Splash, A Sailing Fishing Proa
The Splash Project is building sailing fishing boats to eliminate air pollution, waste from fishing bycatch, and the effects of global warming from the fishing industry. They run on wind, not diesel; and wind is not only CLEAN, it’s FREE!
The Splash Project is also my wife Susanne and I, and our four children Victor, Jack, Lucky, and Rose; plus any readers who wish to join the Splash community and help make these boats a reality.
The first one of these boats is the 37-foot Splash, and she’s under construction now. Those of you with some boat building experience know that “under construction” can mean finishing up the repairs on the 28-foot trimaran that’s currently in the boat shop (Below; to get her out to make room for building Splash), a shipment of marine plywood somewhere between our boatshop and Ohio, and a pile of boxes containing fiberglass cloth, along with a couple of barrels of epoxy resin over in one corner of the shop.
We’re at a beginning stage of the Splash project, having sold TWO 1/5 “boat shares” in her (click here if you’re interested in being a part or whole owner of a Splash), and launched our IndieGogo crowdfunder on October 16th, 2017.
So, we’re building Splash now.
But we’re moving more slowly than we’d like, because we’re also funding Splash from the income from our family farm and aquaponics DIY plans business.
If we had access to the income that catching fish with Splash would bring us, we’d have plenty of funds and could build Splash in a short time. Catch-22! We don’t have a Splash to make the money for the first Splash!
So what do we do? We ask you to participate in this parting of the waters for this new, energy-efficient, non-polluting, sustainably-built, awesomely fun sailing fishing boat.
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. TWO investors with vision has already purchased a $30,000, 1/5 ownership share in Splash! They EACH not only own that much of the boat, but will receive that much of the profit from fishing the boat (after expenses, of course!).
That’s why 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; these are three of the twenty-seven concept drawings of her we’ve done (yes, we’re going to do awesome CAD drawings as soon as we’re a bit funded, but this is what we have right now):
(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 on her every day; if you’d like to be part of the community that creates her, please do what you can to help out.