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Questions about the next project

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I  received many questions about the next project!


Here are some answers to the questions:



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How long have you been working on this project?

To be honest, since my first Yukon River tour (1998) !

As you know, I have tried a lot of different boats. Catamarans, trimarans, motorboats, kayaks, canoes on my expeditions.They were all good, but just not ideal yet! On the way on all following expeditions I tinkered with the ideal expedition boat, wrote downwhat it must have next time, etc.

So I think I pretty much know what would be ideal for me now...

Now it's up to me to turn the imagined into reality!

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How long is the journey supposed to go?

The end is open, I see it as my pensioner life, so I hope many years …


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Is there a fixed route ?

No I just take off and decide on the way. Without any time pressure.

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Do you have a rough plan where the journey goes?

Yes, from my hometown Datteln I can go anywhere it is the largest canal junction in Europe.

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Will you report live underway
on your website !

Of course, I have done that on all my trips. Here in Europe and with today's technology it will be much easier than on the past trips out of the bush in Alaska or Canada !

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Will you only be living on the boat when you are underway?

Mostly, because I like it very much, I really enjoyed it when I was traveling with my ORCA in northern Canada. And for safety reasons I feel much more comfortable in Europe when I'm in the boat. I don't want to wake up in the morning and the boat is gone...

Europe is not Alaska, the Yukon or the NWT !

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Are you filming again during the trip ?

Yes but only for me and the readers of my website.

There is no TV report planned, that was already too stressful for me during the trip with ORCA. Something like that takes all the joy out of a trip...

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Will you use drones for filming this time ?

Oh yes, I will not miss the opportunity. There are nowadays not only drones that fly but also dive ...

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Could someone accompany you on short sections ?

It is not planned but you never know...

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Do you take pictures underway and post them on your website ?

Of course, as on the past trips, I think this time even more detailed !

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What will you eat underway and where ?

As on all my trips I will be cooking myself and store as much food in the boat as possible. I will repack everything again to produce as little trash as possible on the way. This has been very helpful on my tour with ORCA in 2007!

I want to be absolutely self-sufficient during the trip !

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Which stove will you use?

As on my ORCA I will use an Dometic ORICO fueled by denatured alcohol. Alcohol cookers are traditionally considered as the safest way to cook afloat. They work without pressure, are pleasantly quiet and take up little galley space.

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Where do you get your drinking water from underway?


I hope I can use my Katadyn water filter again.

But I still have to do some research how it works with chemicals in the water and whether the katadyn can filter them out. Unfortunately, the water in Europe is not as clean as in Alaska or Canada....

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Will you use a lot of electronics on the trip ?

Oh yes, because I love the possibilities you have today with modern electronics ! E.g. night vision, thermal imaging, 3D scanning sonar, hydrophones, underwater cameras, and so on...

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Will you use solar panels & batteries  ?

Yes as always, as much as I can fit on the boat!

I think I will have room for 6x solarpanels and 8x 100-120Amp AGM batteries or some Lead-carbon batteries. LiFePo4 lithium-ion batteries would be the best, but unfortunately they are way too expensive...


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Will you use a backup engine ?

Yes on rivers I absolutely must have a backup, because with the current and in case of failure of the pedal drive I must still be able to steer the boat safely. For this I will use an electric outboard, torqeedo has some good ones in their product range !

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How will you heat your boat ?

I learnd out of my mistake with ORCA. This time my boat will have a heating system !

I think I will use a

DICKINSON NEWPORT or Dickinson Alaska oil stove,

a small & compact cabin stove for use with diesel or heating oil.

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Will your boat use chine runners like Matt Lyden use on his boats?

I don't know yet, I need to discuss this with some knowledgeable people. I really don't know if this would be a good idea for a pedal boat, although I have seen it done on one pedal boat...
Sven Yrvind uses them on his boats, but his boats are sailboats ....

DICKINSON NEWPORT oil stov

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How will you finance the trip ?

Very good question...

I'm trying to spend as little money as possible on the way, just like on my Alaska trips. I will only sleep in my boat, I will cook myself and so on. Fuel costs will be very low, because I will use a foot pedal drive and an electric motor. I am the engine or the batteries that are powered by solar panels.

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What will it cost to build the boat ?

I can not answer that now...

Building the boat will be the hardest part.

I need to keep the cost as low as possible, which is not easy at all in Germany !

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What material is the boat made of?

 

The boat is built from marine plywood, epoxy resin and fiberglass using the Stitch & Glu technique.

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 Will you build the boat in Germany ?

I don't know yet, when I have the blueprint I'll have to check the prices, but I think it will be very expensive...

Maybe there is a possibility to build the boat in Turkey or Poland or....
If someone has any idea or tip please send me a mail!

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Have you already found a designer who can draw you a suitable boat for you ?

A boat like this is very special and not many guy's know what it's all about...

I think I have found in

Klaus Metz  METZ BOATS München

a very, very nice & experienced & knowledgeable Guy!


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If you have any question, drop me a Mail


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