Ady Gil (formerly Earthrace)

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Ady Gil (formerly Earthrace)

The construction of this 24 m long, 8 m wide, 400 million forint boat took 14 months and more than 18000 man-hours. The carbon fibre-kevlar hulled runs exclusively on biodiesel which powers two 540 horsepower engines, giving a maximum speed of 90 km/h. The boat was originally built to break the world record for circumnavigating the world in a powerboat, a goal to which everything else was sacrificed: the cabin was not insulated and can reach temperatures up to 40° C while the lack of sound-proofing means that there is a constant deafening noise of up to 85 decibels. There is no shower so the 4 man crew are simply left to stink.

Following the successful world record attempt, in October 2009 it was renamed Ady Gil (after a wealthy American sponsor) and donated to the Sea Shepherd whale conservation group. In January 2010, in the course of an operation against a Japanese whaling boat it was fatally damaged and sank. The crew were rescued by other vessels in their fleet.