A boat built almost entirely from beer cans has arrived in Singapore after a 12-day ocean voyage from Australia.
A boat built almost entirely from beer cans has arrived in Singapore after a 12-day ocean voyage from Australia. The 'Can-Tiki', with a hull and superstructure made from 15,000 welded cans, is designed to promote its home port-Darwin, Australia's northern most city.
SYNOPSIS: But the strange-looking craft only reached its destination after a serious mishap for the crew. Shortly after setting out from Darwin, a freak wave washed away most of the 32 cases of full beer cans they had on board to refresh themselves on the journey.
The 'Can-Tiki' is powered by four 50-horsepower Mercury outboard engines-two kept as reserves. The 25-foot vessel (7.6 metres)-the world's only ocean-going beer-can boat -- hit some rough seas during it's 2,500 mile journey (4,000 kilometres). One of the three crew-members said they also had'a nasty moment' when they hit the giant bow-wave of a passing oil-tanker. The skipper of the boat is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Mr Clem Jones. The Voyage was planned to promote tourism to Darwin now that the city is completely rebuilt after being wrecked by cyclone almost three years ago.
The boat's designer, one of the crew, says he's now planning to build an aircraft carrier out of beer-cans -- big enough to carry one helicopter.