|WITHIN was designed by world record-winning naval architect Stuart Bloomfield and human powered boat engineer Rick Willoughby for a world-first expedition to travel 3000 miles across the Pacific ocean, from Victoria, Canada to Hawaii by human power.
WiTHiN was built at a total cost of $122,000, and is now listed for sale at $84,000 (cnd).
WiTHiN is a fully faired, encapsulated, self-righting pedal-powered boat capable of high speed in good conditions (3.5 to 3.7 knots) and maintaining way in adverse weather conditions. The boat is made of carbon fiber and optimized for continuous light to moderate human power input and long term provisioning requirements. Stability is maintained with a 100 lb keel bulb mounted one meter below the hull. WiTHiN is easily maneuvered by a hand lever in the cockpit which turns a massive rudder at the stern.
WiTHiN features 6 watertight compartments: A bow-tip storage compartment, a main storage compartment which can hold over a 100 days worth of food and supplies, the cockpit with a comfortable recumbent seat and pedal unit, the seat-back battery compartment which houses the batteries mounted on sliding rails (powered), charge controllers and the main electric desalination unit, the sleeping cabin, and a small stern compartment.
Custom made solar panels provide 250 watts of electrical energy stored in two - 80 amphour heavy duty marine batteries. The electronic equipment list includes a VHF radio, satellite phone, GPS chartplotter, AIS automatic identification receiver, EPIRB, autopilot, water desalination equipment, navigation light, onboard computer for email, satellite tracking beacon, and a powered ballast shifter to trim out uncomfortable list due to a side wind or uneven weight distribution.
WiTHiN is powered by a one-piece drive unit custom designed and built by MitrPak and Rhomec Industries. The drive is a single unit consisting of two pedals that power a shaft which turns a two-bladed prop (2 spare props are included).
|The drive unit is inserted through a raised, above water line well in the forward area of the cockpit. The drive leg can be replaced at sea with a spare unit (included), or serviced if repairs are required (spare parts are included). The propeller and other aluminum and stainless steel parts are custom CNC milled. At 80 rpm, generating 100 to 130 watts of input power, the drive unit propels WiTHiN to speeds of 3.5 to 3.7 knots.
Sea trials and experience
After repeated attempts to pedal through gales and big seas during various sea trials, I realized that I am just not cut out for a long distance trans-oceanic level expedition. Because WiTHiN was designed to be very fast, she is narrow and as such, rolls quite a bit in rough seas. I personally find it difficult to get comfortable with that movement, but that isn't to say that someone with more experience at sea couldn't get used to it. When the hatches and port lights on WiTHiN are closed, she is very safe, water tight, and capable of rolling 360 degrees without leaking. During capsize tests, not a single drop of water leaked in. Stability and roll dampening on WiTHiN is obtained with a very heavy 100 lb steel keel bulb mounted 1 meter below the hull. You can stand up through the open hatch without capsizing.
I have enjoyed so many incredible experiences in WiTHiN during our various sea trials adventures from traversing the OK lakes in central BC to touring the breathtaking Broken Island chain to various trips into the wild Pacific from Tofino and Ucluelet. My favorite adventure was a two-man, 4 day journey that took us 400 km up the inside passage of Vancouver Island (watch the YouTube video below). This is where I personally think the value is with this purchase. A FUN, safe, fast, self-contained platform to embark on the kind of exciting adventures that would be impossible in a kayak or any other kind of human powered boat.
This is not to say that a trans-oceanic expedition in WiTHiN is out of the question for someone, but it is not for me.
Inside Passage Expedition video
7 solar panels pumping out 250 watts
2 x 80 amp hour Odyssey Marine batteries mounted on rails with an electric motor powering weight shift from side to side as required for trim.
Solar charge controller
Back-up solar charge controller
Katadyne PowerSurvivor 40E electric desalination unit
Raymarine Ray218 VHF radio
Raymarine AIS 250 automatic identification system receiver
Raymarine A50 5" GPS & Chartplotter - includes digital maps of Vancouver Island and all N/A lakes
Raymarine ST1000 Plus autohelm
Iridium 9505A Satellite phone with (qty) pre-paid minutes
Viliv Micro PC running Windows XP & Iridium satellite phone connection kit and email software
Iridium satellite antenna mounted on top deck
VHF / AIS antenna mounted on top deck
Tri color navigation and mooring light mounted on a carbon fiber mast on the top deck
Master fuse / switch box in the cockpit for easy access
Hand help water proof VHF radio (sleeping cabin)
Spidertracks satellite tracking beacon (linked to an online tracking map)
4 bright LED interior lights (2 in the cockpit and 2 in the sleeping cabin)
Water proof iPod amp and speakers
GoPro HD digital video camera with 5 mounts outside on the hull and inside the cockpit and cabin
Electric bilge pump (not connected)
Spare electric bilge pump (not connected)
Water proof iPod touch case and 2 mounts for watching movies (1 mount in the cockpit and 1 mount in the sleeping cabin)
|Equipment & Supplies
Katadyne Survivor 35 manual desalination unit
Katadyne spare parts kit including chemicals for storage, and spare filters
Manual bilge pump
Drive leg with aluminum propellor
Spare drive leg with aluminum propellor
Drive leg spare parts kit, spare prop and tools
Large tool kit
Danforth type anchor and rode
Offshore grade water proof Ocean Sleepware sleeping bag
4" thick vinyl covered foam mattress
2" thick Ventisit mesh sleeping cabin floor mat (allows water to drain below mattress)
Carbon recumbent seat with Ventisit mesh seat cover
2 x wool arm rest pads
(qty) dehydrated breakfasts
(qty) dehydrated dinners
Jet Boil camp stove
Spare parts kit for jet boil camp stove
Small personal EPIRB (ditch bag)
Large Adventure Medical Marine Kit 1000 medical kit
Katadyne Survivor 06 hand pump desalinator (ditch bag)
Air horn (cockpit)
Flare kit with gun (cockpit)
Flare kit with gun (ditch bag)
Hand held water proof VHF radio (ditch bag)
2. VIDEO: WiTHiN Tour
3. SLIDE SHOW: Boat building photo log
3. WEB SITE: Visit the PedalTheOcean.com web site