While most of us watched those Supermaxis manned by crews of many sail down the coast to Hobart, "one man" in his Inflatable Zapcat was about to face a monumental challenge over 3 days.
After many months of careful planning, testing and safety analysis Mr Nathan Rykers set off to follow the fleet from Sydney to Hobart in his 4.2 mtr (13.8 ft) Zapcat powered by a Tohatsu M50D2 Two Stroke Outboard.
In Nathan's own words:
"My Tohatsu 50hp didn't miss a beat during my voyage from Botany-Sydney-Eden-Flinders Island-Hobart."
"Even after 3 days/nights of continuous heavy sea spray, 30ft waves, 85km winds, 2 x complete submersions and 1331kms of unrelenting wave pounding she didn't miss a beat"
For those who have experienced the open ocean we can only imagine and appreciate what Nathan did in achieving is goal.
Tohatsu Outboards and Lakeside Marine would like to congratulate Nathan and no doubt his family and support crew on a great achievement.
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