April 23, 2024

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This Suitcase-Sized Boat Will Try to Smash a Transatlantic Record – Robb Report

This Suitcase-Sized Boat Will Try to Smash a Transatlantic Record – Robb Report

Future spring, British sailor Andrew Bedwell will endeavor to break the document for sailing across the Atlantic, in a boat that is just 39 inches extensive. Which is appropriate: 3’3″, or roughly the dimension of a large suitcase.

Bedwell, 48, will set off from St. Johns, Newfoundland in Might and make the perilous 1,900-mile crossing to Lizard Point in Cornwall on England’s west coast, hoping to established a new history for the smallest vessel to at any time sail throughout the Pond.

“I’m under no illusions that it is likely to be easy. But all my life I’ve taken on unusual challenges, though this is the final,” Bedwell instructed Robb Report. He adds: “My wife thinks I’m crazy.”

Andrew Bedwell aboard the "Big C"

Andrew Bedwell on Major C. The solo navigator will be locked into the very small helm seat during the 1,900-mile crossing. 

Courtesy Andrew Bedwell

Bedwell’s intention is to split the record established in 1993 by American sailor Hugo Vihlen in his 5’4” boat Father’s Working day. Much more than two toes shorter, his pint-sized craft will be even a lot more spatially challenged for the 6-foot-tall Englishman.

“I can just about slumber if I’m curled-up restricted. And if I’m sitting down upright, the best of my head is just an inch under the clear dome that I use to see out of. There’s not considerably area to move close to.”

Restroom services? Never check with.

Big C Smallest Sailboat for Transatlantic crossing

“Big C” has a direct keel so it will correct by itself following capsizing—something Bedwell expects consistently. The mini boat was also created to tackle 60-mph gale-drive winds and big seas. 

Courtesy Andrew Bedwell

There are also 12 watertight compartments—eight within and 4 on the outside—to keep materials. Andrew hopes to complete the journey in 60 days, but will have ample provisions for 90 times at sea. He’ll also have a guide watermaker that will fill a 1.3-gallon container in the bilge.

To electricity the yacht’s navigation gear, chart-plotter and radio there are photo voltaic panels on the stern, in addition a little, hand-cranking generator as back-up.

Big C smallest sailboat to cross the Atlantic

Household sweet house: Bedwell will sit in this helm seat 24/7 for almost two months on the crossing. 

Courtesy Andrew Bedwell

“We’ve designed the boat to endure a Pressure 10 storm [average wind speeds of 59 mph] with the hope that it’s just a Power 6 [28 mph]. For such a little boat, a massive amount of money of believed and preparing has long gone into its layout.”

In a single-minded aim on working with each individual inch of space, Bedwell’s spouse Tracy has concocted a particular higher-protein dried beef jerky that will line areas of the hull.


Big C Atlantic Challenge sailboat

A feeling of scale with Significant C out of the h2o. 

Courtesy Andrew Bedwell

“I’ll practically be taking in the boat,” he states. “The things tastes pretty nasty, but it’s packed with all the vitamins I need to have. Unfortunately, there’ll be no area aboard for treats.”

The boat was at first built by Bedwell’s near friend, fellow micro-yachting enthusiast and trans-Atlantic document-breaker, Tom McNally, who died in 2017 of cancer. In honor of his mate, the small boat is named Big C—also a play on large seas—and upcoming year’s voyage will increase money for Cancer Investigate.

Father's Day record holder smallest transatlantic boat

The recent transatlantic record holder is Father’s Working day, a 5’4″ boat sailed by Tom Vihlen in 1993. 

Courtesy Countrywide Maritime Museum Cornwall

Bedwell, a sailmaker by trade, is not new to sailing massive oceans in compact boats. In 2016, he single-handedly piloted his 21-foot Mini-Transat yacht close to the whole coastline of Britain. Two many years later on, he sailed the exact same tiny vessel to Iceland and into the Arctic Circle.

Bedwell has also set up a GoFundMe account. His progress can be followed by means of the Facebook webpage “Big C Atlantic Obstacle.”