Typhoons. Hurricanes. Cyclones. Tidal waves. Sharks. As if designing a boat to cope with all of that on the 11,000-mile voyage from San Francisco to Sydney isn't daunting enough, this one also has to be environmentally irreproachable.
That's the point of "The Plastiki," which is due to set sail next month after three years of planning, research and construction. The aim of the voyage is to raise awareness of global waste and, to practice what it preaches, the 60-foot, or 18-meter, boat has been made from some 13,000 recycled plastic water bottles.