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Torpedalo Project

Thursday, August 12, 2010

posted by Dan at 10:08 AM

Ever think about crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a human powered craft? This is exactly what Mark Byass and Mike Sayer in the UK are planning to do for charity in a special pedal powered boat that they are designing. As engineers, they are designing the boat to be entirely self-sufficient with onboard electricity generation and water production. The planned duration for the 3000 mile journey is only 38 days. Mark and Mike will be rotating 12 hour shifts on the pedals, and their power will hopefully be transmitted to the propeller and on board support equipment via. belt drive systems. Preliminary belt drive designs are currently being reviewed and refined, and one will likely incorporate an unusual 90 degree twist. Belt drive systems are efficient, reliable, and quiet making them an ideal choice for this unique and demanding application. Read more about this exciting project at


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