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One thing leads to another: First you want to race cars, then you want to modify and maintain your racecar yourself — maybe because you’re broke — and then you already have the welding equipment and the garage and you need a worktable, and before you know it you’re building Truckosaurus, bane of garden equipment and eater of fences. Things just happen. With me, I started out to build a recumbent bike, and now this cool video of a personal blimp lands in my inbox — enjoy!

When I started looking into the recumbent I wanted to build, I found the plans, welding, tube bending, and tube mitering that I thought I was going to need — that was also when I saw my projected budget and the death of the idea. At this point, fellow Toolmongers made suggestions about mitering and tools that could help me trim some costs. And then Dan Nachbar shared with us this vision of another home-built vehicle.

The Skyacht website contains loads of historical pictures, descriptions of the design, biographies of the designers — Dan Nachbar, Mike Kuehlmuss, and Wayne Crouch — and of course an extensive FAQ page. They’re guessing that someday they’ll be able to sell production models for about the cost of a small airplane.

Skyacht [Official Site]


3 Responses to It's Just Cool: Personal Blimp

  1. R says:

    So, how much do they cost and how many has he sold, if he ‘makes his living’ building them?

  2. J.R. Bluett says:

    In the FAQ, it discusses the small airplane cost of about $100,000 to $200,000 being dependent on how the FAA decides to classify them. The make a living thing might be best explained by the investors link on their main page. The FAQ is really an interesting read, I highly recommend it!

  3. Dan Nachbar says:

    Thanks for the nice comments.

    We are an early stage R&D company. So we haven’t
    sold any units yet nor do we expect to for several years.

    I will be giving a forum talk at the EAA Oshkosh airshow next week.
    We won’t have the blimp with us at Oshkosh this year but
    hope to have it there next year.

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