The WAM-V Proteus boat is one of those things I saw long back before I started this blog, and I filed away in some folder marked “AWESOME”. After seeing it pop-up on sfgate, and boingboing I figured the word was out.
But maybe someone out there has not seen this thing, I thought. This thing that truly passes the test of awesomeness and excellence. This is what they mean by disruptive techonologies. I saw a PBS special with Ugo Conti, the WAM-V’s inventor (achived here) and its as much his story that’s as interesting as the boat’s. I mean, this guy built this thing in his backyard, out of spare parts, for 200k. Now that hard-core, ingenere! (and again here)
and (by far the best link) here:
In 1975, Conti left his research job at the University of California at Berkeley, sold everything he owned, and bought a fifty-foot wooden ketch to sail around the world with his wife and their four-and-a-half-year-old son.
Take that, Thor Heyerdahl!
UPDATE: KQED (San Francsico) is playing the WAM-V special again this Tuesday night (1.13.09) at 730pm!