Excellent piece on KQED’s Quest on this most unusual boat, modelled after a water spider, by engineer Ugo Conti, and great footage of his boat in San Francisco Bay.

I enjoyed Conti’s quotes:

Because I get seasick, I suffer at sea. I think there has to be a better way. I want to fix that.

If I have a problem I tend to solve it with my engineering capabilities. I was born an engineer. I have to work with my hands. Most important. And then I have to make it. I can’t escape these new things. It’s actually a problem sometimes. You go into crazy things like this.

Somebody has an idea, and doesn’t have the money and doesn’t belong to a big company, he goes into the garage and makes it. So we go into the garage.

Dale Dougherty

I’m founder of MAKE magazine and creator of Maker Faire. I am CEO of Maker Media, the company that produces MAKE, Maker Faire and Maker Shed. I am Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative (www.makered.org).

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