Adventurous spirit plans to cross Atlantic in rowboat

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How much would you bet on the odds of survival for a man who attempts to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat?

Keep in mind a few factors: This is not an ordinary rowboat. It's a 24-foot, 800-pound watercraft, built out of fiberglass, Kevlar and wood, designed to remain buoyant even if split in half. It has a sealed, secure cabin for protection from rough weather. It has a desalinator to provide fresh water and an emergency beacon.

Also keep this in mind — to complete the journey, the person has to row for 10 to 12 hours a day, not counting the inevitable storms.

Only six people have completed the journey from the U.S. to Europe by ocean rowboat, according to The Ocean Rowing Society International. A Connecticut man plans to be the seventh.

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