A project that spans over the continents

The project was started by Isaac Penny and Christopher Sam Soon in the year 2013, for the sole purpose of achieving a daring task: Building an autonomous boat from scratch that would be able to cross the earth's ocean. Both of them spent their spare time from work to craft the boat. Christopher being an electronics/firmware engineer, handled the electronics and software aspects of the project while Isaac, a mechanical engineer, worked diligently on the mechanical design. Over the course of the project, a significant amount of help and assistance was provided in the mechanical build of the boat. In particular, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to a talented and dedicated tradesman, Randy, who provided his skills, dedication, and effort towards the realisation of the project. Lastly, we would also like to extend our appreciation to David Penny, Isaac's father, who has provided much needed infrastructural support and advice for this project.

Isaac comes from the "States" (as he calls it) and Christopher comes from Mauritius (some explanation is due: Mauritius is a small island off the coast of Africa/Madagascar). Currently both of them are working in the vibrant city of Singapore, also known to be the central hub of Asia. Solar Voyager is also jokingly known as the wallet drilling machine.

About the team

Isaac Penny has over two years of experience in designing mechanical systems for medical devices. He handles all the intrinsic moving mechanical parts of a product, applying his detailed knowledge to the physical domain. He never likes hearing rusty joints or screeching mechanical interfaces.

Christopher Sam Soon is enthusiastic and is dedicated to the art of electronics. He handles almost all aspect of a product, from hardware to embedded firmware development in RTOS to MATLAB simulation. He handled all the software and electronics hardware of Solar Voyager. Currently for his day job, he has the role of an Electronics engineer and is working on products meant for the industrial and automation sector.

Randy is a well known fabricator, welder and craftsman in his neighbourhood. He has been a key player in welding the boat's hull together and also in providing technical solutions. He has spent countless hours of his personal time for this project and we would like to thank him for his dedication.

David Penny has been very supportive towards the realisation of this project by providing essential infrastructural and technical resources. His vast experience in machinery and fabrication techniques have been an invaluable source of knowledge to us. He is the father of Isaac Penny and retirement does not seem to be an option for him.

Will it Succeed?

At this point in time, we do not know whether Solar Voyager will be able to reach the other side of the Atlantic, or how long will it be able to last on the open seas. We certainly do not know if it will be hijacked by pirates or whether it will sink after encountering the first storm. However, Solar Voyager has been proven to be exciting for both Christopher and Isaac and significant knowledge was acquired during the realisation of this project. Update - The boat has failed during it's journey to the other side on the Atlantic in 2016. A new attempt will be done soon. Stay tuned!

Contact information

If you want to keep in touch with us, please feel free to contact us at:

thesolarvoyager {at} gmail.com