Two brothers succeed in crossing Atlantic with tiny fishing boat

Ralph Brown, 50, of Spring Hill, and Robert Brown (Author of the book “Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat”), 51, of Merritt Island, two brothers managed to cross the Atlantic in a tiny fishing boat, setting several world records on the way. They stepped off the Intruder at 6:40 p.m. London time Friday. They left the dock at downtown Tampa's Marriott Waterside on June 27.

The Dreamboats Intruder-21, powered by ultra reliable Interstate Batteries and a single Suzuki outboard, will be the first Flats Boat (and the smallest power boat) to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The 21-foot Intruder was made by Dream Boats in Hudson. With the crossing complete, they now own the records for the smallest powerboat to cross the Atlantic, the first flats boat to cross the Atlantic, and the longest ocean voyage in a flats boat.

Along their journey, the brothers have survived being hit by an iceberg and massive waves from the remnants of hurricanes. They've seen glaciers, seals and even whales. They even mailed President Barack Obama a post card from Greenland. This voyage is from Tampa, Florida, up the US east coast, to Canada, Greenland, Iceland, London England and ending at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Frankfurt, Germany.

They are hoping to raise money for several charities from the USA, UK and Canada including Special Operations Wounded Warrior Foundations, Disabled American Veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project and Britain's Help for Heroes.

Their first World Record was an Atlantic Trip was from North Carolina to Bermuda and back to NYC in 2007.

Via - Tampa Bay Online , 5 September 2009



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