The Technium

Hi-Tech Ocean Row Boats

I didn’t know anything about fancy trans-ocean row boats. Apparently a lot of people row across oceans. There is even an Association of Ocean Rowers. The typical ocean row boat has two humps, with sealable hatches, so the whole thing is a floating bubble. They are crammed with navigational gear, as well as the usual marine necessities: cooking, sleeping, working tools. They also are loaded with batteries, solar panels, wind generators, and so on. Used ones go for about $50,000.

Roz Boat

Roz Savage (pictured above) rowed one of these hi-tech row boats across the Atlantic and is now rowing across the Pacific — San Francisco to Australia — solo.  Her floating shack is stuffed with expensive gear.

“I will be taking about $80,000 of electronic equipment with me on the Brocade, so that I can send back video blogs, podcasts, data, photos and text blogs to my website.”  The complete list of her electronic gear is here.

With all this sea-hardened equipment she is blogging and podcasting from a row boat in the middle of the Pacific, which is pretty cool.

  • tyler

    Why would one want to row across the ocean?

    • Richard Bird

      Easy. To get to the other side.

  • sherif

    simply its the sole of adventure

  • Winston Brooks

    I’m an old salt, love the sea, especially blue water, and I envy you your adventure, and appluad your tenesity. Who designed your boat, it looks well laid out and balanced. Was it diffulcult finding sponsorship, and what is a reasonable budjet for this undertaking? Keep on pulling,and best of luck to you. Skip in Florida.

  • Ben

    i want to be the first person under 16 to row from nz to aus were can i get sponsership and one of those boats