Thoughts on the African Catamaran

As I was laminating the lunar lander bits on Tuesday, I got some perspective on the Earthwise ferry. I often take amazing things for granted, and I have done so with this. What Rob Smith has put together is really amazing. My 25 years of doing plywood/epoxy passenger cats were just what he needed for this venture.  He knew just where my skill set would fit in to the big picture.  And more than a boat, he has organized the entire venture where they will be built there in Africa with local materials. Showboats magazine has featured a mega-yacht with bamboo flooring and called it “sustainable”. This is the real sustainable deal.  It will be positively changing the lives of thousands of people. I’m surprised that Wooden Boat or even Pro Boat are not all over this. This is not 17′ lapstrake canoes for dilettantes. This is plywood/epoxy/core fusion creating big positive change.
I did try to interest Workboat in this a year or so ago. They were so disinterested. “If its not a tin boat built in Houma by a guy named Skeeter, keep moving.” was the sense I got.  It’s humbling to be part of this.

Amani

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on the African Catamaran”

  1. Kurt:

    This has been a remarkable team effort – with you and your work being a major inspiration. When I first met you I was like the 18 year old who knew it all and thought his father had a lot to learn, The more I get into this project the more I appreciate your knowledge and track record.

    Every single person involved in this project has been remarkable. Each has caught a glimpse of the potential impact that this and our future ferries will make and have helped make it all happen as a result.

    Thank you for not writing us off a long time ago!

    Rob

  2. Kurt:

    This has been a remarkable team effort – with you and your work being a major inspiration. When I first met you I was like the 18 year old who knew it all and thought his father had a lot to learn, The more I get into this project the more I appreciate your knowledge and track record.

    Every single person involved in this project has been remarkable. Each has caught a glimpse of the potential impact that this and our future ferries will make and have helped make it all happen as a result.

    Thank you for not writing us off a long time ago!

    Rob

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