A cool design contest from WoodenBoat

I have seen a couple design contests around. I love these. WoodenBoat has a challenge out now. It asks for a small power boat with low fuel use, a response to the rising costs of boating. Here are the specs:

  • 16’6” to 18’6” overall length, stem to stern (transom)
  • 25-hp maximum power
  • Must burn less than 2 gallons per hour while maintaining a 15-knot cruising speed and carrying 650 lbs (four adults or equivalent)
  • Trailerable weight (with engine) must be less than 2,700 lbs
  • Must be able to safely (if not comfortably) get home against a steady 15-knot breeze with higher gusts, and a 2′ to 3′ chop

An open contest like this, with a focus on solutions to a noted issue, is incredibly cool. There will definitely be more and better ideas to emerge from this casting of a wide net. It will be exciting to see what innovation comes out of this.

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