Around the world in eighty months



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The industrial earmuffs at the door to the engine room tell the story of what this boat will becomes when it's not at rest. Captain Brett McBride, above, who's charged with overseeing the vessel, explains that the boat is outfitted with triple or quadruple redundancy on most of its systems, allowing failure by, say, a couple of engines, or one of the reverse osmosis machines that supplies the boat with drinking water.

"Sometimes I still look at it and get overwhelmed," McBride says. But the advantages are myriad. Instead of having to refuel the boat every few hundred miles, as was the case on the old Go Fisch vessel, the new boat can travel roughly 16,000 miles without refueling: That amounts to a trip from Los Angeles to Tokyo and back to L.A. — and then back to Tokyo.

A large part of McBride's job used to entail the logistics and red tape of clearing many ports in many countries. This boat, however, may stay at sea for months at a spell. "We can just go straight there," he says, "and be on the spot. And you're not so tired from bouncing around all day. Those small boats beat you up by the end of the day, just by sitting down and fighting them."

"He's talking small like 80-foot yachts or a 60-foot swordfishing boat," Fischer adds.


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