Chris Robinson, a designer, began thinking about the how his family could surive an event similar to the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. Now, he has almost finished his project – a giant ‘tsunamiball’ that can float away from its perch in his back garden, keeping its occupants safe inside.
‘Tsunamiball is intended to be a tsunami-proof boat,’ Robinson said. ‘After the Japanese tsunami in March of 2011 I started to wonder how a family might survive such a brutal and sudden event.’ Robinson then talked about the idea with friends, before he started sketching. ‘The project started as a series of creative conversations and sketches with friends about possible ways to escape a tsunami with your family intact,’ he said.
‘With no boat building experience and almost no time spent on the water, this was more of a fantasy than a practical planning exercise,’ he admits. ‘But the more I researched, the more I expected I could build it, and I started to build in January of 2012.’I hope to finish sometime in late 2014.’ The boat has a double hull to protect it from sharp objects and debris. ‘The idea for this boat is to have it in the back yard above the detached garage, several miles from the water, said Robinson. ‘The focus is on building a vessel that could withstand the initial impact of a tsunami from any direction while on land.’