Strandpromenade Cachalote Projekt

Project plan and budget

As a first step, we want to buy the building plans and complete them together with the planner.

Since we made some changes to the original design and adapted the Cachalote to our needs and ideas, we want to work with the designer to create the final budget and project plan.

For the first design of a BigCat 65, designer Tim Dunn planned with a budget of about 300,000 USD.
Construction in Seattle USA, using different Materials (2014)

Our initial estimate for Cachalote is around 500,000 euros. This amount needs to be verified.

This figure does not include VAT.

One of the ideas is that the ship belongs to a Seychelles-registered offshore company flying the Seychelles flag. However, this needs to be considered in detail.


I couldnt work on projects that are only useful to some because they hurt others.

René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician and natural scientist, 1596 1650

Here are some ideas for a rough plan for the construction and commissioning of Cachalote:

The ship could be stationed in a coastal town like Portimao on the south coast of Portugal.

There are several possibilities. One is that the ship is being built in Seattle, Washington (USA) with the help of designer Tim Dunn. Maybe with a test drive to Alaska. It would then sail down the west coast of the United States, visiting the whales and dolphins of the region, especially around the Baja, Mexico.

With xx-xx-201x we want to be through the Panama Canal and off the east coast of the USA, spend time in the Caribbean, prepare for the transatlantic crossing and then leave with a small crew to Portugal at the right time.

Once or twice a month, we want to offer 7-10 days “live-aboard” experiences for up to 10 guests. The boat can be booked for workshops as well as for holding our own workshops, which are organized by the crew.

Perhaps we would spend three months in the Canary Islands, perhaps a month or two in Madeira and another month or two in the Azores. Then a few months in the Mediterranean and so on. In addition to the themes of the workshops, these “live board” workshops offer guests the opportunity to experience marine life, learn to sail, dive and meet whales and dolphins.

The boat also serves as a meeting place for inventors and people with a different mindset. Developing technology and concepts for free and autonomous Energy onboard and on land.

The issues of self-sufficiency at sea will be permanently present. Special workshops will be dedicated to these topics.

The rest of each month would sail with a small crew and perhaps a few specially invited guests from base to base, to increase our own enjoyment and experience with this great world of water and take time to focus on some internal and perhaps some specific topics. And sometimes we spend a few weeks on the land base in Portugal.

Bottom line, this ship wouldn’t spend much time in harbour. The design and equipment of Cachalote should reflect our desire to spend as much time as possible under sail.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a rough plan of how Cachalote could be built and put into operation. However, it is the crew and their supporters who ultimately decide where and how Cachalote will operate.


Jürg Zimmermann
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