The Flying Carrot has been designed specifically to handle the inhospitable conditions of the Southern Ocean. The hull and cabin structure is made of a Kevlar foam sandwich that ensures not only the inherent buoyancy of air in foam but also great strength - Kevlar is used in bullet proof jackets. Phil Morrison designed the boat specifically for Olly's height and size.
There are both fore and aft cabins. The stern cabin is divided into two sections, the rear-most being 100% water tight, providing sleeping accommodation and housing for electronic equipment, while the other is a wet self-draining compartment designed for food preparation and shake-down before dry cabin entry. The bow cabin is primarily for storage of ropes, parachute anchors and other supplies. The bow cabin will also have an emergency ‘grab-bag’ with all survival communications equipment, should the stern cabin be compromised.
Olly’s voyage is anticipated to take 18-22 months, mandating the loading of onboard spares for all life-support equipment as well as the tools to maintain and repair the boat prior to a planned enroute re-supply, some 7 months into the voyage.
The Flying Carrot is probably the most advance rowing boat ever made; not only is its superstructure unique but the equipment onboard is also state-of-the-art.
The boat operate with electrical power stored in marine batteries and these batteries are charged from three sources, the wind generator, solar panels and a fuel cell. The power generated is used to power:
- Satellite phones (For calling the land and other ships)
- 2 x PDA’s (For sending blog updates to blogger)
- A laptop (For communications, mapping and weather routing)
- Video cameras for filming material for youtube.com/virginglobalrow
- A water-maker to convert sea water into drinking water.
- A VHF radio systems
- An Auto-pilot system
- 2 x GPS systems
- Radar reflector (to make 'The Flying Carrot' look bigger to other ships)
- Sat-C emergency communications.
- GPS tracker (The trackers locate the boat in the Southern Ocean and add the signal to Google Maps allowing Olly to be tracked online).
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