Remember our post on building your own boat? Now this one is serious and can go on the ocean.
Check out this cool DIY on building your own Ferro-cement boat. I probably wouldn’t try building my own boat since I don’t trust myself. (what if it sinks in the sea?)
But you can build one and send us pictures of your boat for some free gadgets!
The boat is the yacht ‘Noidea’. (In case you’re wondering about the name, it comes from “What are you going to call your boat?” – answer – “No idea”).
It’s a 57′ ferro-cement ocean sailing cruiser, about which the following statistics may be interesting (then again, they may not be – in which case just skip the next bit): length 57′, beam 16′, draft 8’6″, displacement 45tons (all up). In the course of the construction we consumed 9 tons of sand, 18 tons of cement, 1.3 miles of 1/4″ steel wire, 1.3 miles of 1/6″ steel wire, 100000 wire ties, 40 sheets of 8′ x 4′ 3″ square 1/6″ wire mesh, 3500 square yards of 1/2″ chicken wire, 6.5 tons of scrap metal, countless 10000s of screws & bolts.
If you’re wondering how we went about the construction of a 57′ (17.5m) ocean-cruiser, then this might give you some idea.