The global trend of constructing larger and bigger yachts continues to develop at a rapid pace. On the opposite side of the yachting construction spectrum people are designing and constructing small, and even tiny yachts. Europa Marine Consultants reports on the “microyacht” phenomenon, its history, records and current attempts at sailing the smallest yacht.
Last year, we reported on the growing global trend in the yachting industry of building large superyachts. The average size of superyachts has now increased over the past decade. Superyacht designs, which are planned to begin construction later this year, have the vessels measuring at 220-meters and beyond.
Despite this trend, there are individuals and companies dedicated to making yachts as small as possible and attempt setting sailing records. Europa Marine Consultants looks at the history of these little vessels and their large ambitions. Robert Manry in 1965, pioneered the ‘microyacht’ trend when he sailed his 4-meter (13ft, 6in)Tinkerbelle microyacht from Massachusetts to England. He followed this by his smaller 3.5-meter (12ft) Nonoalca and then later sailing the even smaller 2.4-meter (8ft) Bathtub across the Atlantic.
These microyacht records were broken by Hugo Vilhen who sailed his 1.8-meter (6ft) April Fool from Casablanca to Miami. He then went on to set the smallest ocean crossing by sailing his 1.6 meter (5ft 4) vessel, Father’s Day across the Atlantic.
Over the course of the next few decades, the construction of microyachts continued with companies and individuals attempting to build and sail the smallest vessels ,but ultimately all failed.
However, this year, a professional sailor is preparing to set a new record for the smallest vessel ever to cross the Atlantic. He has constructed a 42-inch (1 meter) aluminium microyacht appropriately named, Undaunted. Matt Kent expects the 4,700 nautical mile voyage across the Atlantic to take four months, which is a long period to be in a tiny vessel in the middle of the vast Atlantic ocean.
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