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Mariner helms plastic boat

NOV. 23 — A Sambro, Nova Scotia, man thinks his “unsinkable” 40-foot catamaran houseboat, made from recycled plastic grocery bags, could represent the future of boatbuilding.

Scotty Millar, who is 66, spent six months in 1999 with friends building the plastic boat, a news report says. Millar encourages other Nova Scotia boatbuilders to begin using the tough building material.

“This product has terrific potential in a wide variety of applications,” Millar says in the report.

To prove how durable the recycled plastic is, Millar traveled some 400 miles in the North Atlantic aboard the boat, called Sea Cat, reportedly experiencing gale-force winds, 8- to 10-foot seas and running aground, according to information on his Web site . Millar says a sledgehammer would bounce off the foam-filled and plastic-covered hull without causing significant damage.

Despite its tough exterior, Millar says the Sea Cat is intended for lake and river cruising, according to the report. Millar also helped build a 40-foot barge made of the recycled plastic and says other products, such as houses, can be made from the material, too.

— Jason Fell