The very idea of sailing around the world in a pint-sized craft likely seems an outlandish venture to most people. If the voyage itself doesn't sound risky enough, what about setting off on this journey solo and with the intentions of making the trip without any stops along the way?
73-year-old Sven Yrvind is in the process of crafting his own vessel to do exactly this. However, once you have learned a bit about this Swedish man's impressive history, your opinion of his adventurous plan may change.
Combine 50 years experience navigating unpredictable seas along with the same amount of time spent in constructing boats, and Yrvind?s ambitions gain a lot more credibility. Oh and not to mention, he holds the 1980 Royal Cruising Club record for masterfully faring the choppy waters around Cape Horn in the world's smallest boat, has invented a navigational tool, and has published several books.
Media has dubbed the 10 foot long vessel the bathtub boat, because when finished, it won't be much larger than a bathtub. Yrvind is halfway complete with creating the efficiently designed vessel, which will run on wind, solar and foot crank power. A food supply will be onboard, but drinking water will be provided by collecting rain. Fishing will yield the sailor his only meal supplementation.
Would you like to see the world but would prefer to do so with the comfort of solid ground beneath your feet? With a rental car in Rome, Paris or a multitude of other attractive destinations, you too can be a fearless globetrotter.
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