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Boat of plastic bottles has trial sail

A strange-looking vessel took a leisurely sail Wednesday on San Francisco Bay - a shakedown voyage for a plastic, fantastic adventure that should finally start next month.

The boat is the 60-foot-long catamaran Plastiki, which David de Rothschild, the 31-year-old scion of the British banking family, plans to sail across the Pacific to Australia, beginning in the first days of March.

What makes the Plastiki unique is that the boat's twin hulls are made of 12,500 plastic bottles that once held soft drinks or spring water. The bottles are filled with dry ice, which of course is a gas.

Click here to read a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.