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Duo begins trans-At attempt in a flats boat

Ralph Brown, who builds unsinkable flats boats through his Florida company, Dream Boats Incorporated, made a successful run from the mainland to Bermuda and back several years ago.

Now he and his brother, Robert, are attempting a more outrageous voyage — from Florida to Germany in a 21-foot flats boat powered by a 115-hp Suzuki outboard motor and a 27-gallon gas tank. They’ll obviously be making frequent stops as they head up the Eastern Seaboard to Nova Scotia, Greenland and beyond.

They expected to put in at Boston Thursday.

Click here to read a report on their venture.