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THE JOURNEY THE ROWERS THE BOAT
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The boat, nicknamed “Crackers”, was originally constructed for the 1997 Atlantic Rowing Race in which Tim Welford and team mate Wayne Callaghan came 6th.

Click on the numbers above to find out what supplies are stowed in different parts of the boat.

Crackers is laser cut from sheets of 6mm and 9mm thick marine plywood and was made by the UK company Laser Profiles. The boat sections were glued together with epoxy resin and corners "filleted" with a putty made from epoxy resin and micro balloons (a lightweight filler).

These rounded corners were then reinforced with fiberglass tape. After coating all surfaces with either fiberglass cloth and/or resin, the outer skin was covered with more fiberglass cloth to create a strong, waterproof hull.

Since 1997 there have been a number of modifications to the boat including improved hatches for stowage and adjustments to the roof of the rear cabin to allow for four high-grade photovoltaic solar panels. The panels will power the large amount of electrical equipment on board.

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