About Chris


Chris is a designer living in Palo Alto, California.

He has never built or sailed a boat. His math skills are somewhat lacking. He works out of a 2 car garage.

He is also a funny, enthusiastic, and determined person.

10 responses to “About Chris

  1. Hi, Chris.
    Nice to meet you.
    My name is Takuya Kajisa, from Tokyo, Japan.
    I have read about your Tsunami boat in Japanese blog.
    It is a amazing invention.

    I have some apprehension about two points.
    First, as tsunami have a high power as a building can be easily washed away, so if the boat is crashed to a hard stuff such as trees, a hole is made in the body of the boat.
    Next, if leakage occurs, how it is managed.

    I am appreciated that you invented such a marvelous thing.
    We Japanese poeple will be appreciated if you accomplish this great work.
    With best regards.

    Takuya Kajisa

    • Takuya,

      Thank you for the comment and encouragement.
      I have the same apprehension that you do. There are probably many ways to design something that is well suited for this task, but I will tell you a bit about my plan.
      Steel would be an excellent material for this boat, but I believe its weight is its downfall. If a steel boat takes on water it will soon end up underwater. A wooden boat, however, can stay afloat even if it is punctured or takes on water.
      So… the question is one of configuring the hull in such away that it resists puncture. For this, I will make a double-hull boat: one hull inside the other. The outer hull will be very thick and covered in a kevlar-like epoxy and nylon material. Between the two layers I will install floatation foam. If the outer hull is 2 1/2 inches thick then it will have 25 layers of laminate wood and epoxy.
      My hope is that all of those layers combined with the relative light weight, and the circular shape of the boat will keep it from harm.
      If the outer layer is punctured then boat will take on very little, if any, water, as long as the inner hull is not compromised.
      I hope to never find out, but this is the plan.

      Thanks again for your interest.
      Chris Robinson

  2. Many of us learned in HS physics class than a chicken’s egg is resistant to breaking because of its liquid interior. Force is redistributed and diffused. Could your craft have a sort of waterbed layer? full of a viscous liquid?

  3. There are two issues that cause concern.
    #1. Fire!!! When you watch the films of the Tsunani fields. There are fires everywhere!
    #2. There has already been a patent awarded for a tsunami ball.

  4. Chris,
    I have been researching honeycomb sandwich technology and impact resistant technologies for impact resistance. I have found some awesome things that I would happily share with you if you email me at jzstarnes@gmail.com
    All the best,

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  6. Hey Chris, when is this thing ready for rental through AirBnB? Beat of luck on the rest, awesome creativity!!

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