MAR 14, 2014 02:03 PM ET //
Maybe Noah was just preparing for a tsunami with that ark. Designer Chris Robinson has never sailed a boat before, but he’s spent the past two years working on a wooden tsunami-proof boat in his backyard.
After a tsunami hit Japan in early 2011, Robinson began wondering how he and his family in Palo Alto, California, might survive such a brutal event. What began as a playful conversation about personal jetpacks and balloon houses turned into a real project called Tsunamiball, Robinsonexplained in his blog.