The Boat

Team-Take-me-to-the-volcano1Matt Johnson will compete in the 2016 Race to Alaska ( in a home-built pedal+sail boat designed specifically for the R2AK.  The 20′ plywood-epoxy pedal trimaran is named the “V16 R2AK” — the 16th iteration of a pedal boat design by Rick Willoughby.

Using a flexible-shaft pedal drive developed by Rick, Matt, and other water-bikers, the boat is expected to achieve a speed of 6 mph (10 km/hr) at 130 Watts pedal power.  The sail rig will be supported by a single free-standing mast stepped in the main hull.


Length overall: 20′ (6.1 m)

Beam overall: 9.2′ (2.8 m)

Beam of main hull: ~1.6′ (0.5 m)

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