A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
If you spend time on the water, your kit is not complete without a Captain's whistle.
Be heard, always.
Most of us have been playing with whistles since we were little kids. Strutting about and blasting away in high pitched squeals that annoyed our parents to no end. The whistle is an incredible invention. It’s a small handheld device that turns your exhale into a piercing tone.
It doesn’t scream words. It doesn’t emit flashing lights, it doesn’t send out radio signals. But if you’re cruising and you hear a loud whistle blasting off-your bow, you know exactly what’s going on. Someone needs your attention.
With a design rich in efficiency, the Captain's Whistle will increase your audible sound levels over distances not achievable with voice, cutting through any background noise, or weather. The beautiful opening in the body reduces the amount of exhalation effort required to generate an audible whistle signal.
When blown, your breath is concentrated and forced to rush out through a narrow opening in the Captain's Whistle's entrance. The flow of air at the center of this air stream is significantly faster than the still standing exterior air close to the main stream. If the still standing exterior air stream is easily deflected, vortexes are generated. As this happens repeatedly, many more vortexes with similar properties are generated. These vortexes cause air pressure to vary in a cyclical, periodic, way, which produces a sound wave. The audible frequency of this sound wave is related to the rate at which the vortexes are shed. Since the process is rather chaotic, many different rates or frequencies are produced at a time, which has the pleasant effect of producing the rich tone, and highly audible signature of the Captain's Whistle.
The versatility of the Bow-Shackle made it an indispensable tool on the seas, and it continues to impress today. Although the brass Bow-Shackle is the statement piece of the Captain's Whistle we have made it independently available through this Kickstarter campaign as a gift for backers at our $10 tier. Creativity is your only boundary when putting the Bow-Shackle to use.
The nautically-inspired Captain's Whistle harkens back to a time of adventure on open seas, its durability a testament to the harsh demands of that bygone era. With our design roots in Boston, our company draws creative inspiration from the hub of America’s rich nautical history. Our hardware is tied to the art and science of sailing and exploration. We’ve spent months refining the Captain's Whistle into its final, perfectly balanced harmonic form.
We have taken our inspiration—the Bow-Shackle—and transformed it along with our other components into our own signature hardware. To do this, we had to learn a little bit of just about everything from boat building, design, and engineering to metal machining. Our signature shackles are found in each style of our whistles, our pens, and our other products.
The Captain's Whistle has been manufactured to thrive over decades of use. What was once a labor of love, is now a timeless nautical instrument available for all, but we need your help to make this dream a reality. Our products are steeply discounted off of the coming retail prices because we want to reward our very first customers. The opportunity to purchase a functionally tuned whistle of this magnitude is rare. With solid machined brass, our finishing assembly, our master craftsmanship, the Captain's Whistle with your help shall become an heirloom for you to pass down.
Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, The Captain's Whistle is Oceanus's signature audible good. Its unique design, solid construction, and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure. We stand behind the quality of our tools and the uniqueness and complexity of our signature hardware. Slender cut from a solid bar of brass, The Captain's Whistle's slim profile makes it both attractive and practical.
The Oceanus Brass Captain's Whistle are currently spec'ed to be as followed. As with any project not yet complete, these dimension may change slightly over time as we optimize our systems:
Length of Whistle (Without Shackle): 50mm Width of Whistle (Without Shackle): 10mm Width of Whistle (With Shackle): 19mm Body Wall Thickness of Whistle: 1mm Weight: 24 grams (0.85oz)
We launched Oceanus Brass because we wanted to create, capture, and share nautically inspired hardware with the world and turn an idea into action. A project that was both challenging and rewarding, the Oceanus Captain's Whistle is something we are very proud to share with you. We hope that you will maintain possession of it for years to come and pass it down to future generations of sailors when the time comes for that. We also hope to encourage others to try their hand at something new just as we did, to build something, to go through that exploration process of learning and bringing inspiration to fruition. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the many relationships we’ve built along the way with industrial designers and manufacturers who helped us push the boundaries of what we were told was possible. Countless times we heard, “Nobody does this anymore,” “Use cheaper materials,” “Too many small, precision pieces,” and so on. Nevertheless, we stayed the course. Thank you for joining us on this adventure.
Since launching our first product, the Oceanus Brass - Bow Shackle Pen, we are so proud to have been embraced by the ocean loving community. Below are a few of our favorite excerpts of what the experts are saying about our products;
Life In The Slow Lane | Blog: "It's a beautiful pen and we'll enjoy having it on our boat, and it'll make a wonderful heirloom to pass down to our grandson one day. Maybe he'll even have a special boat to keep it on."
My2Fish| Blog: "The solid brass construction is nearly indestructible, so for the cost of pen ink refill every couple of years, this pen will likely last forever."
Sailing Britican| Blog: "In the past, I’ve been known to tape string to the end of a pen or tie string around a cap but it inevitably fails when someone gives a little tug and off my pen goes. In other words, my efforts to prevent other pen thieves has failed miserably…but not with my bow-shackle pen! I have it attached to my nav station book rail."
Dinghy Dreams| Blog: "Even though I’m ink rich right now I keep navigating back to the same one, my shackle pen by Oceanus Brass. Nautically inspired and hand crafted by a small start up company in Boston, Mass., this pen is nearly impossible to lose as it has a shackle to attach to log books, dry bags, or wherever you see fit aboard your vessel. As I’ve been route planning for my upcoming voyage this pen has been seeing much use and it writes just as smoothly as the day it came out of the box."
These are targeted milestones for us to hit as a community. If we do hit these goals, each and every backer benefits! We'll send out the item from the corresponding tier with each Captain's Whistle, depending on where we finish. Below is the breakdown of stretch goals:
$15k -- We will start manufacturing the whistle before the campaign ends, which will move the shipping date up by upto four weeks (depending on when we unlock the reward!) $25k -- In addition to the $15K goal, we will work with an external audiologist to increase DB by an additional 10DB! $50k -- In addition to the $15K and $25K goal, we will also offer a "tinned" variant to give a silver color less prone to discoloration!
As always, a huge thanks to our amazing (and growing) backer base!
Risks and challenges
For once, there are really limited risks here. This is a classic tool, which has already been mostly developed across the ages. Remember, we built this whistle for our own use first and only then offered it to backers like you through this Kickstarter Campaign. For our partnered manufacturers, the classic captain's whistle may be the simplest product they have ever worked on, which will allow everyone to focus on build quality.
We are confident and passionate about delivering quality goods. We have spent months designing and prototyping our products, executing pre-production runs to ensure we can meet our high standard. We have internally funded the design and production of our signature brass hardware. Our resources and team are based here in the United States, primarily on the East Coast, so we do not foresee any issues with our ability to deliver your new Oceanus Brass Captain's whistle upon successful funding of our project.
We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of production and let you know of any issues impacting our ability to promptly deliver your new Oceanus products, including steps we are taking to get back on track. We will do our best to manufacture in the most appropriate facilities, including overseas if doing so will result in delay avoidance, cost savings, or quality consistency. We stand ready to resolve any challenges to make sure you have a positive experience with our service and product!
Thank you for being one of the first to join us on making the Captain's Whistle a reality! You will receive a whistle from our very first round of production, below our costs. Your early support is hugely appreciated by all of us here at Oceanus Brass.
To qualify for this reward, you must re-tweet any of the Oceanus_Brass posts before the campaign ends.
Thanks for believing in us as we try to make The Captain's Whistle a reality! Your support is so important for the success of our campaign and the opportunity to purchase at this price helps us reach the minimum order quantities required to make this dream a reality.
Ahoy! Welcome to the Oceanus Brass team. With this Fleet Pack, you will be able to outfit your entire crew with a whistle for both safety and statement. Promote our distinct hardware in your community while identifying with your respect for the sea.