Daredevil to sail the Atlantic in a one-meter boat with “food poured on the walls.”

Andrew Bedwell, 48, will attempt the feat next year, which he likens to being “stuck in a dustbin on a roller coaster” with a tiny ship that has a top speed of 2.5mph

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Andrew Bedwell from Lancashire in his tiny one meter long boat

A daredevil dad hopes to break a world record by sailing 1,900 miles across the Atlantic in his homemade boat, which is just ONE METER long.

Andrew Bedwell, 48, who will set off from Newfoundland, Canada next May, compared the journey to being “stuck in a garbage can on a roller coaster for 90 days”.

The navigator came up with the idea after reading a book by today’s record holder Hugo Vihlen, who completed the dangerous passage in a 1.6 m (5 ft 4 in) boat 30 years ago.

His fiberglass boat – which is half a meter shorter and has a top speed of 2.5mph – is a modified version of a vessel designed by another ex-record holder, Tom McNally.

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Andrew will attempt the crossing in the smallest boat ever attempted


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During Andrew’s expected three-month crossing, he will survive on a protein-rich substance molded around the inner walls of the cockpit to save space.

The exciting father-of-one admitted his wife thinks he’s a “cracker” but said he wants to achieve something “amazing” before he turns 50.

He said: “I always like a real challenge on the go – although quite often my wife thinks I’m a cracker – but I said by the time I’m 50 I want to have done something great.

“Throughout my life, I’ve met unusual challenges, and slowly getting smaller and smaller became more important to me.”

Andrew’s boat is tiny, to say the least


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And speaking about his purpose-built little boat “Big C,” he said, “I think a space rocket would have more space.

“It’s like being stuck in a garbage can, on a roller coaster for 90 days – and at worst it could be.”

Andrew from Scarisbrick, Lancs., ships yachts all over the world and works as a sailmaker. He has spent most of his life embarking on nautical adventures.

He has previously sailed non-stop around the UK, taking his small 6.5 carbon racing yacht across the Atlantic and as far as the Arctic Circle.

The Big C is certainly a feat of engineering


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Andrew is used to nautical adventures


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But as he got older, Andrew says, he became fascinated with sailors attempting to cross oceans in impossibly small, record-breaking vessels.

He said: “I bought Hugo Vihlen’s book, Eine stürmische Reise zum Vatertag – it’s about the current world record holder who has held it since 1993.

“That’s how it all started and since then it’s been a slow but very determined journey to try and break his record.”

It took Andrew over three years to complete the fabrication work with his team on his boat, which is just 3.5 m (11.4 ft) tall and has a sail area of ​​just 8 m (26 ft).

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But despite its miniature size, the navigator is confident the ship will be able to handle some of the roughest waters a human can encounter on the planet.

He said: “The ship itself is incredibly strong. It’s literally built to survive oceans. It has a fiberglass outside, then a foam core, and then it’s fiberglass on the inside.

“Everyone who sees it – and many naval architects have seen it – says, ‘She’s solid, she’s built for it,’ and I know she is.”

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