An Introduction To Splash, A Sailing Fishing Vessel
Our “Splash” class is a 38-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 38-foot long Splash class 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.
Splash not only travels the ocean at almost no cost, she gets to the fishing grounds faster than many motorboats! Splash has a 3,000 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 three, within 75 miles or 5 hours return travel of a port of refuge in unpredictable weather, and within 500 miles or 48 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 hopes she is never “lightly loaded” when it’s time to go home.
We just finished the first of the Splash class for the people of Taumako island in the Solomon Islands. She already has a name: Lata, who is an important ancestral navigator/trickster figure from Taumakoan legend.
If you want one, email us, and we’ll “talk story” as we say in Hawaii.
Splash will sail like Coconut does in the following videos, AND she’ll carry 3,000 pounds of freshly caught fish in a refrigerated hold:
To see a fun video of our family sailing Coconut, watch this:
To see a 20-second video of “How Coconut Doesn’t Capsize”, watch this:
To see Coconut sailing at a 35-degree angle of heel for almost two minutes, and NOT capsizing, watch this: