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One-of-a-kind pedal-powered "super sea kayak" can be yours for $84,000

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WiTHiN can travel at speeds up to 3.7 knots
WiTHiN can travel at speeds up to 3.7 knots
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A diagram of WiTHiN's layout
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A diagram of WiTHiN's layout
Greg Kolodziejzyk, within WiTHiN
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Greg Kolodziejzyk, within WiTHiN
WiTHiN can travel at speeds up to 3.7 knots
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WiTHiN can travel at speeds up to 3.7 knots
WiTHiN setting out from Ucluelet, British Columbia
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WiTHiN setting out from Ucluelet, British Columbia
Canadian adventurer Greg Kolodziejzyk is selling his custom-made offshore human-powered boat, the WiTHiN, for CDN$84,000
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Canadian adventurer Greg Kolodziejzyk is selling his custom-made offshore human-powered boat, the WiTHiN, for CDN$84,000
WiTHiN at rest on calm water
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WiTHiN at rest on calm water
The pilot's view from WiTHiN
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The pilot's view from WiTHiN
The view forward from WiTHiN's sleeping cabin
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The view forward from WiTHiN's sleeping cabin
WiTHiN is constructed mostly from carbon fiber
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WiTHiN is constructed mostly from carbon fiber
WiTHiN's pedal-drive system
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WiTHiN's pedal-drive system
WiTHiN, in transit on the road
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WiTHiN, in transit on the road
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Canadian adventurer Greg Kolodziejzyk is certainly no slouch ... among other things, he has set the 24-hour endurance records for riding human-powered vehicles on both land and water. In 2010, he announced his plan to pedal an offshore-capable custom-built boat from British Columbia to Hawaii. After a series of open-water trials, however, he decided against the 3,000-mile (4,828-km) endeavor. The boat, called WiTHiN, is nonetheless quite the feat of engineering – and it's now up for sale, should you have the cash.

WiTHiN looks rather like a large enclosed sea kayak, and is propelled by a leg-powered drive unit. That unit consists of a set of pedals located inside the cockpit, that spin an external two-bladed propeller via a shaft drive. At 80 rpm, Kolodziejzyk has taken it up to a speed of 3.7 knots.

The boat's body is made almost entirely of carbon fiber, although it has a 100-pound (45.4-kg) steel keel bulb mounted one meter (3.3 feet) below the hull, to aid in stability – according to Greg, it's possible to stand up through WiTHiN's top hatch without capsizing. In the event that the boat does capsize in rough seas, however, it has a self-righting design, and is reportedly capable of rolling 360 degrees without leaking ... assuming the hatch is closed, of course.

The inside is divided into six watertight compartments, including the cockpit, a sleeping cabin, and a main storage compartment that can reportedly store over 100 days worth of food and supplies. Greg recorded a video tour of the boat before his planned Hawaii trip.

WiTHiN Tour

Steering is maintained by a hand lever beside the recumbent pilot's seat. That lever controls a large stern-mounted rudder. WiTHiN also features a powered ballast shifter, to eliminate listing caused by side winds or uneven weight distribution. That shifter, along with a host of other electronics, receives power from two 80-amp batteries that are in turn charged by seven solar panels. Some of the many "other electronics" include a desalination unit, an autopilot, a GPS chartplotter, interior and exterior lighting, bilge pumps, a satellite tracking beacon, a satellite phone, and a VHF radio.

Kolodziejzyk is also throwing in a long list of comfort and safety equipment, including a sleeping bag, mattress and floor mat, plus a Jet Boil camp stove, fire extinguisher, flare gun, medical kit and air horn.

Greg Kolodziejzyk, within WiTHiN
Greg Kolodziejzyk, within WiTHiN

The boat was designed by award-winning Australian naval architect Stuart Bloomfield, and ended up costing approximately CDN$122,000 (US$118,491). Greg is asking CDN$84,000 ($81,584) for it, although he's also open to trades.

Should you be looking for something similar but with a couple of extra hulls, you might also want to check out the Microship, a custom pedal/wind/solar-powered micro-trimaran built by adventurer Steven Roberts. He'll take $73,000 for the thing.

WiTHiN can be seen in action in the video below.

Source: Adventures of Greg

Inside Passage Sea Trials Movie

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