UK Man to Cross the Atlantic in a 3ft 3in boat » Explorersweb
, 2022-07-25 13:11:15,
Next spring, Andrew Bedwell will try to sail alone across the Atlantic from Canada to the UK in a minuscule boat that is 99cm long.
If he completes the 3,050km journey, the 48-year-old amateur yachtsman from Lancashire will break the record for the smallest vessel to cross the Atlantic.
The fiberglass boat, which looks like an orange-and-white buoy with a sail, was designed and built by ex-record holder Tom McNally, who completed a similar journey in 1993. At the time, McNally was known as the “crazy sailor”, when he sailed across the Atlantic in a boat that was just five feet long. He was a legend in the world of micro-yachting. Bedwell is trying to emulate his journey and pay tribute to one of his inspirations.
The 3-foot 3-inch long boat “is incredibly strong,” Bedwell told the Marine Industry News. “It has a fiberglass exterior…[and] a foam core and fiberglass on the inside.”
The boat also sports an A-frame mast, double furling headsails, outriggers, and twin rudders. There is one main waterproof compartment with vents that Bedwell can open and close as necessary. Above this compartment is a transparent dome that Bedwell can look to navigate.
The boat is half his size
Bedwell is six feet tall, and with the dome down, he is unable to stand. Even when he sits in the vessel with the dome closed, there is just one inch of clearance between the top of his head and the dome. Bedwell can only stretch his legs out two-thirds of the way. A physiotherapist has given him exercises to maintain leg strength during the cramped crossing.
Bedwell wants to complete the journey in 60 days but will carry 90 days of supplies. He will store these in 12 small watertight compartments, eight inside the vessel and four on the outside.
Because of the limited space, the food — which will be made specifically for the journey — is purely functional. “It will taste pretty vile, but it’s just there to do the job, basically,” he says. There will not even be any small treats.
Bedwell added, “I’m under no illusions it’s going to be easy. The lack of space, toilet, and proper eating options will be the hardest for me. Throw in a few Atlantic storms, and it could get interesting!”
He has compared life on the boat to sitting in a wheelie bin or crouching underneath an office desk.
Though the boat lacks luxuries, it…
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