Boatanic makes use of discarded tourist boats as these are ideally suited for conversion into floating greenhouses due to their glass windows and roof. The idea dawned on us when were walking around Amsterdam and realised that the typical tourist boat resembles a greenhouse. What if you replaced tourists with basil or tomatoes? The Boatanic was born.
The name is also a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the Titanic and can as such be seen as a veiled reference to the environmental danger we are faced with.
The Boatanic will use state-of-the-art growing technologies as it will provide an interesting opportunity for testing some of the most advanced greenhouse equipment. Automatic irrigation, phase-changing-materials for retaining heat at night, rainwater catchment and filtering systems, solar and wind power and the possibility of running the boat on recycled frying fat from restaurants are presently being studied.
Side, top and sectioned view of the Boatanic during the day and at night