Remember the Plastiki -- the boat made out of old PET bottles that David de Rothschild plans to sail from California to Australia, to raise awareness of marine debris? The Plastics Blog first discovered the project almost two years ago. Now, finally, the voyage is almost ready to get started. Carl Nolte of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rothschild took the 60-foot-long catamaran out for a shakedown cruise on Feb. 3, and the actual voyage should get started next month, weather permitting. Some interesting snippets from the story: the boat's twin hulls are made of 12,500 PET bottles, which are filled with dry ice. Nolte says the boat is "no beauty," describing it as looking "like a kid's science project." Let's hope it's sturdy enough to safely carry its 8-member crew on the long haul to Australia.
Plastiki almost ready to go
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