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Thanks much,

34 responses to “Contact

  1. I would like to see it covered with sheets of Carbon-Fiber epoxied into an ‘Indestructible’ skin and a Bullet-proof-glass Windshield like they have in Coastguard Cutters. Then it would be a Cool ‘Escape Pod’

      • i was an junior wood worker. and i was taught hands on tool making for car manufacturing tools and dies. i learned that carbon fiber is cut into strips. the strips dipped into resin. left to cook over night. all of the first layer is laid at 12 oclock position. then sanded down to hundredth of an inch using a sanding tool that we made by hand(just like you did). now apply another layer at 45 degrees. repeat above but until you get make to the 12 oclock position.

        we sanded down with wet sand paper. using mineral spirits. as we went.

        btw dont get spirits on toes. learned the hard way.

        and finally… i personally think you should ditch the window and go with a periscope(s) based idea. the window is very very problematic. i worked on a window frame (ISS) and drilled holes every 1″ from each other and it was alot of work to get an “outside” view.

        but your technique of compartmenting work is excellent.

      • Ilaneel,
        Thanks for the comment. The carbon fiber work sounds like it would make sense.

        You are probably right about losing the window, but I would hate to give up the view just because it was hard. 🙂

        For your glass… Was it flat, or curved? If it was curved, was it drape-formed, and how did that go for you? How was the fit at the end?

        Thanks for your interest and help.


  2. I have to ask, what are you going to build for horizontal stabilization? What I see so far will roll like a log going down a river, breaking the neck of everyone inside.

    • Steve,

      Thanks for your comment. A keel has always been in the plans for the tsunamiball. I’m not sure if it will be a traditional folkboat style keel, bolted onto the underside of the boat, or something less traditional, that would also keep her upright on land. I just posted a sketch and some of my thinking on a new post. I am interested in what you think.


      • Can you try and make ballast in the main boat and then build wings for stabilazation? This would help it keep upright if you put big plastic water jars filled with air in the wings. You could also put food and furniture in the left over space in the wings.

  3. Hi Chris!
    Your project is so interesting and crazy at the same time! I’m an Italian journalist, I work for, that is one of the most important newspapers in Italy. I was wondering: do you mind if we use some of your videos to tell your story to our readers?

    Let us know, here my email:
    Thank you in advance

    • Barbara,

      Thank you for you message. Yes, of course. Please spread the word to anyone who mght be interested, or encouraged by my crazy project.

      Many thanks.

      Chris Robinson

  4. If this really were for a Tsunami, which under present circumstances is indeed unlikely in Palo Alto, would your construction be tough enough to endure all the debris damage: cement, steel, etc.? Would your pilot window really be strong enough to survive? Would you have padded, secure, strapped-in places for people to survive safely through the trememdous tumbling that would happen? Would you have individual ozygen stations in case this were submerged for a long time? I find this project very interesting. You may be doing it now for the challenge never expecting it to actually be in a tsunami. But maybe some in a tsunami-prone area would like to build something like this to have in case of real need. What you’re doing could be the base of something that could indeed save lives.

  5. Hi Chris, i’m Jenniffer Castiblanco journalist the Blu Radio in Colombia, station radio the Caracol Televisión.

    We are interested in interview about your project TSUNAMIBALL.

    Through the some press releases we found out the your project and we like to publicize your story

  6. Hi Chris. I just saw your tsunami boat. Forgive me for not going through all posts. I first thought I was going to see it stabilized a different way before I saw the rolling video. What I thought is, what if the passenger compartment was actually a weighted bottom gyro?

    • Michael, good comment. Yes, when I started I had the same idea. The tough part with that path is aligning the inner door with the outer door AND guaranteeing that impact would not disable the gyroscope function or the alignment. Oh, and a sphere is not so great in water. But it is a compelling idea. Hmmm… maybe next one. 🙂

  7. Hi Chris,
    I’m part of a team filming a National Geographic documentary about tsunamis. We would love to speak to you about your project. We are based in London, but I’m from Sonoma County, so I would love to have this great local angle.
    If you’re interested please email me at

    Many thanks!
    Aliyah Kovner

  8. Chris, Wonderful project! Consider twin keels–steel filled with lead or steel slugs concreted or epoxy encapsulated. Twins are used often on boats where there are large tide swings. When the tide goes out you’ll be sitting/setting upright.

    • Darrel,

      Awesome. I’m heading in this direction, so your comment certainly puts a smile on my face.

      Question: I assume the twin keels built empty and then filled to ballast, yes? If that is the case… do I drop a few holes through my beautifully strong hull, or do I have an access hole that I build into the twin keels, which gets sealed before hitting the water?

      So many questions. Better just come to California to kick the tires and drink some scotch.


  9. What a crazy, cornball but fun and interesting idea! How are you going to test this out to prove it’s viable? I say get rid of the Captain’s Window and instead install a couple of economical LCD displays and some cameras. Give it that hi-tech Silicon Valley touch. Imagine a deck to ceiling webbed harness for the pilot with a joystick control for the motor and rudder.

    • Bill,

      Thanks for the message. Crazy, cornball, and fun? Absolutely all three.

      Great idea for the LCDs, but I’m trying not to use too much tech. The idea is to be as passive as possible, so low voltage engines, lights, etc, and solar panels. Still, the high tech would let me do an unmanned trip. Extra bonus.

      Thanks again.


  10. Hello my name is Jasen I teach at a high school, in Indiana watch your video from 09 2014 and your back door could also be your stairs just a though. Thank you

    • Jasen,

      Its a great idea. I had a bunch of sketches early on with the same idea. As I built though, I realized that the back step from the bottom of the door to the top of the deck was only 6 inches, so if the door opened out, there would be little benefit.

      I had the hatch opening in for a while. In fact I had them opening in and becoming stairs. 🙂 As I talked through my porthole order with a sales rep from Freeman Marine, he told me that no commercial boats use inward opening hatches. Its dangerous. So… no inward opening hatch.

      Keep thinking though. My next problem is working out the hinge and hydraulics for both hatches.

      Thanks again.


  11. Really fascinating. I’ve been deciding whether I have the skills to build a cold molded triple cockpit and after seeing the mammoth task you took on I think I should just jump in and start building

    • Doug,

      I’ve been off the blog for a while so I just saw your comment.

      There is nothing to fear with an epoxy strip build. Get a good respirator, eye protection, and some rubber gloves, and away you go.

      If I could, I would also recommend investing in a composite staple system. I am using staples and a gun from a US distributor named Raptor.

      If you need any help, just drop me a line.


  12. Chris, i love the look of your boat. Is there any way i could get a set of study plans from you? I would love to take on a project like this, just not sure how to even begin designing something like this. Also, you might be interested in S.W.A.T.H boat tech instead of keels, or maybe catamaran style pontoons. Thanks for putting this stuff out there, and i apologize if i missed something obvious on the website

    • Tony,

      Thanks for the note. I don’t have plans per se, but if you are serious, I’m sure I could get you enough information to get started. I would like to say though, that it has been a very expensive and time-intensive endeavor so far, so be forewarned. 🙂

      I have thought about pontoons, but I’m concerned about a capsized situation where the pontoons actually prevent the boat from correcting its attitude as well as adding width to the boat. I may have to rethink my position though after I weigh her. The only thing for certain is that I’m not sure what’s happening around the next corner on this project.

      Thanks again.

      Chris Robinson

  13. I had a dream about the circular part of your ship, where you were thinking about, how the people would be seated. The idea came to me when you said they need to be strapped in. At first I was thinking about the interrelated exoskeleton. Being circular.

    A gyroscope came to mind. The out side moves, while the inside stays motionless. That would cost thousands, if not more to recreate a giant gyroscope. Then it hit me. To make another sphere inside of the circular part .

    Basically the outside of the inner sphere, where the people would lay against the walls, to create more, people storage. they would be harnessed in, to make it safe. While standing, against the wall would also create more room, to allow maximum use of occupancy. They would enter threw a cut out door, that would just slide closed.

    The outside of the sphere would be covered in those tiny luggage wheels that would allow for the sphere to move in a 360* fashion. The bottom inside would have to be weighted slightly, so the inner sphere would remain standing up right. Then it hit me to have four people sitting in the very middle. Where you had the idea of having people put there legs and feet threw. The bottom, might have to be, counter balanced, to make sure the inner sphere would be heavier, so it wouldn’t move around to much. Or return to centre, after rolling around in the waves and what not.

    To make sure the innermost sphere can move freely, the outlet portion would need to be sealed off, completely. You could have a latched door slide shut, with almost like a vacuum seal. So then in would create a seamless surface, for the inner sphere to move freely. Oh, oh, you could do like a roll cage for the inner sphere, so that you could weld it together using almost like a Toroidal field design. Then attach the luggage wheels at the pressure points.

    Also you would need to do another, “Roll cage” on the other end of the ship. It might be super awesome for future designs, to create a cross patern ship, with these sphere’s at each end. Or to think about doing a giant tube roll cage. So that, instead of the spheres just being able to move independently, the entire tube, could roll, with out the pasangers suffering to much. Except the problem the tube has, it only can counter forward and back wards motions. While the spheres, are able to handle being thrown around in any direction.

    If your having trouble envisioning what I mean, I can always draw what I’m talking about! I think this would, give all the people a less terrifying experience than being thrown around, throwing up on each other. The seen from ” stand by me” comes to mind when to boys are listening to the revenge storey of the Fat kid, who drinks a bunch of castor oil before enter a pie eating compition.

    Any way, I hope that you get the idea that comes to mind. God Bless! I think what your creating is wonderful, and needed! If I had money or the resources to help you in your build, I would. But I hope my dream, helps to inspire the finish. Please feel free to message me, for any clarification regarding my idea?

  14. For a motor, Elco Electric Motors would be a great source. As far as twin keels, cast two lead keels, bolt through your “beautiful” hull and bed them with some 5200 sealant. The lead keels would keep the boat’s orientation upright for the most part … the stairs you were trying to figure out are already there, the honeycomb framework makes for a built in ladder, not every void needs foam. Another idea is run empty plastic conduit several places, top, sides, floors before you foam the cavities for “future ah ha” moments. And of course you need a rudder of some sort to steer with … just some ideas …

    • Thanks David. Good advice all. Wow, lead keels, huh? What about half wood, but with lead bottoms? I imagine the keels as being more integrated into the shape of the boat and not just “stuck on”. This way I could even run the last couple of layers of stripping over the existing hull and the new keels to encourage everything to stay put and be more of a single surface for glassing. WDYT?

      • I see no reason why you could not do as you suggest. One thing to consider though is in a real event submerged debris will try to rip the keels off, and may wreck the boat hull.

        The biggest strenght of your design is it will naturally float high and skid and roll over most debris – much less likely to get damaged.. I would suggest to stablise you build some small ridges underneath running the lenght of the boat these will try to resist a rolling motion somewhat and if you make them from a heavy metal you definatly weight the bottom enough to make it want to stay upright without adding a weakspot to snag debris. Then when the event is over if you have some small pontoons that can be unfolded off the top section that will provide you with a very good stable platform, and could be the best spot to mount the electric motors for differnential steering.

        If you want to go for a more traditional lead keel (which will be more stable than the ridges I suggest by a fair margin I would suggest) I would make sure you consider a planned weakpoint so if it does catch debris it will break free without harming the hull.. So probably have a captive nut inside a bulge on the bottom and weaken the bolts you attach it with so they snap and drop the keel if they do hit anything big.

        Must be noted though I am just a Mathmatician with no real experiance of boats. Keep up the good work this is a most intresting project.

      • Thanks Matt. Sounds like you have the same boat experience as I do. 🙂 I’ll definitely think on your advice. Makes sense. Stay light, but increase stability and be cautious of catching debris.

  15. Maybe you’ve already thought about this, but traditional solar panels are heavy, fragile and only work in direct sunlight. However, there was this wonderful inventor named Stanford Ovshinsky, who was featured in at least two episodes of Scientific American Frontiers with Alan Alda, who invented this substance that basically looks like asphalt single material. He set up one of his factories to make it in mile long stretches. It’s not as efficient as the glass covered photovoltaics in direct sunlight, but it continues to gather energy even on overcast and stormy days, and does not have to be oriented toward the sun. Another thing is that it is extremely durable. You can nail and drill through it. He sold that company after the Enron problems made it so that energy companies had to be more regulated, and started another invention company. But, I’m certain that the product is commercially available by now. The whole episode is interesting, but the segment to which I am referring starts 16 minutes into the show:

  16. To Chris, Having slept on a hammock for over 1 year and using a hammock as a sleeping platform since 1968. The key is make the hammock as flat as possible. Tie it very tight, The hammocks you showed on your float ball, will end up giving you some severe back pain. This is how the big boys do it.
    If you remember the Matrix, No One Makes the First Jump.
    Being an inventor, with job as hunting outfitter for 3 years, college trained computer systems analyst (6 years) and now a physician, for 34 years, I purchased a farm in 2001, got a back hoe in 2002,
    and have built a lot (of course worked building houses while in college). As a college boy, with over 650 college credits, there is a
    lot to say about understanding others experience and book learning, and having the intelligence to see big concepts, But experience is clearly the best learning tool. Unfortunately, it is painful.

    Good project. I have seen at least 4 of these through the years.

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