Microship Trimaran Being Made Available for a Vancouver Island Adventure
Steve Roberts, inventor of the Microship Trimaran, sent the following info to me the other day. Basically, he is making his one-of-a-kind sailboat available (to the right individual) for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure this coming summer.
I’ll let Steve explain below. His message begins here at my site and then links over to his webpage for the rest of the story. (Thanks for sharing this announcement with us Steve)!
Microship Trimaran Available for Vancouver Island Adventure
by Steve Roberts
The Microship has been sitting in its lab for a decade now, with no on-water adventures since a Puget Sound loop in 2001. With about a decade of intensive effort on the project and incalculable cost, that’s bugging me more and more… and the latest twist is that I have just sold the building as part of my move toward full-time voyaging in a much larger boat (44-foot steel monohull… see http://nomadness.com)
I’ve had the amphibian pedal/solar/sail micro-trimaran listed on Yachtworld for a while now, and recently lowered the price from $73K to $42K. That’s an absurdly small percentage of the development cost, but of course it was a custom project with very specific (and highly geeky) requirements. It’s a give-away price, but is still too high for most people shopping for one-person trimarans.
It has recently occurred to me that there’s an interesting opportunity here for another approach. We are currently on a countdown toward launching an August-September loop around Vancouver Island… a “technomadic flotilla” of mixed boat types and experienced skippers. This could provide a very supportive context for a Microship adventure…
I’m willing to loan the boat to someone at no cost for this trip (about 1,000 miles). For me, it would be a chance to see my baby fly; for the person who makes the journey, it’s a chance to have a wild adventure. Ideally, of course, this would be a shakedown, and said person would then want to actually BUY the boat for grander adventures still, but that is not a requirement.