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Welcome return for tiny sail boat
Hugo Vihlen aboard Father's Day
Vihlen's 1993 voyage took four months
The smallest boat ever to cross the Atlantic has once again returned to Cornwall, 13 years to the day after she sailed into the record books.

The 5ft 4in Father's Day was transported to Falmouth from Florida, accompanied by her record-breaking captain, Hugo Vihlen.

He has agreed to donate the micro-yacht to the National Maritime Museum.

The tiny vessel will now become one of the centre pieces of an exhibition due to open early in 2007.

'Full force'

Vihlen sailed into Falmouth harbour aboard Father's Day on 26 September 1993, after successfully crossing the Atlantic from Newfoundland in Canada.

Vihlen had rations to last 85 days and was forced to stretch his supplies, of 65 ready meals, two gallons (9.09 litres) of M&Ms, a gallon of dry fruit, 100 cans of Hawaiian Punch and 34 gallons (154.6 litres) of water, to last the four-month journey.

The boat, the size of a coffee table, is made from strong lightweight building materials, fibreglass and Airex.

She was fitted with GPS, a water purifying system, VHF radio and SSB/Ham radio.

Vihlen said: "I was 61 years old, retired, and I went full force into building this boat Father's Day.

"On Father's Day you should be able to do what you want to do, that's your thing.

"This was my thing and aboard Father's Day I was able to do it."




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