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Solar-powered boat makes unmanned trans-Atlantic journey

Each year thousands of yachtsmen cross the Atlantic Ocean, but only few of their voyages set records. One crossing taking place now just might do that.

A group of young men from Rhode Island are attempting an autonomous trans-Atlantic crossing with a solar-powered boat they built in their spare time.

Two of the engineers are Dylan Rodriguez, a 21-year-old senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and Max Kramers, a 26-year-old recent graduate from the University of Rhode Island.

“I have been building boats, have been sailing boats since I could pretty much walk,” says Kramers.

Click here for the project’s Facebook page and click here for the full report by WBUR radio in Boston.