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The 'Rapid Whale Mini Boat' is a Pint-Sized Personal Watercraft Built for Fun

— February 2, 2018 — Tech
The 'Rapid Whale Mini Boat' is a DIY boat kit that is sure to fulfill the seafaring wishes of any burgeoning captain. Created by Bay Area maker Josh Tulber, the Rapid Whale Mini Boat is a DIY kit that gives buyers a pint sized watercraft. Comprised of three sheets of plywood, this mini boat stands out, even among compact watercrafts, thanks to its small size. Measuring in at 6 feet in length, the Rapid Whale Mini Boat manages to remain more compact than any of its other competitors. The kit also separates itself by being incredibly easy to build. Unlike more difficult kits, the boat uses a simple stitch-and-glue technique to assemble the entire hull.

The miniature boat is powered by a 12-volt sealed lead acid battery and can apparently carry a single occupant of less than 6"2' and 200 pounds. The boat is quite slow, with a top speed of 3.5 knots, but makes up for that in it portability and novelty factor. Full DIY kits are currently for sale through Josh Tulber and come in around $500-$1,000, depending on how many off the shelf components the buyer may need. .