LBP: Sailing for Science Education

$11,053 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 31 months

      The Little Boat Project, created by Matthew Kent, a professional tallship sailor with over 8 years of sailing experience, is a design challenge to break the world record for the smallest boat sailed across the Atlantic. With the current world record set at just 5 feet 4 inches long, we are attempting to break the record by almost 2 feet with our boat of 3 feet 6 inches!
      The real challange isn't to sail the boat however, but the design that goes into it. Challenges of design have ranged anywhere from food storage and structural stability to getting enough exercise and  safely navigating over 4500 miles of open ocean.       
      The desiging of the vessel,  The Undaunted, began over 4 years ago. From CAD drawings to measuring the volume of granola bars it has been a remakable and unique challange so far and we are only getting started. We are planning to leave from the Canary Islands in March of 2017.
      Through the adventure of this challenge we are raising money to support the science based education programs of The Bioreserve, a non-profit organization located in Glenmont, NY that focuses on creating dynamic programs for young kids and college level students alike. The Bioreserve boasts dozens of nature trails, tree platforms for observation, a full microscopy and life sciences lab and a small dedicated staff trying to make a difference through experiential education.              

      Help us change more lives by donating to the challange. With your donations we are hoping to expand the lab and classroom building as well as double the size of the reserve and add a completely different type of forest to our resources. This would take the reserve from 68 acres to 138 acers by purchasing the adjacent property currently owned by a pulp and paper company. With your help we can preserve this beautiful forest. See our work at
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The best way to ship Undaunted to the Canary Islands will cost just over $4300.. Will you help?
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This is great everyone! Alot of people getting a piece of the record sent to their home after the trip!
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Keep up with current news and updates on The Little Boat Project by checking out our Facebook Page at
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$11,053 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 31 months
Created 6 April 2016
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Bernie Harberts
13 months ago

Hey just wanted to kick in to your effort. Great going. I just finished Hugo's book. Look forward to reading yours. Best of luck with your restart (remember how many times it took Hugo!). Bernie

Doug Matthews
15 months ago

I met this guy at a random dinner party two years ago. It was an encounter that made me rethink my life. I mean, I didn't do anything... but I did seriously think for a while.

Allison Keenan
17 months ago

Matt, I met you awhile back when you were sailing on the Niagara with my son, Tom Mitchell. I remember you giving me a big hug for Mother's Day, which completely won me over. So excited for your great adventure, and will continue to follow your journey with great interest. Safe travels!

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josh gordonson
20 months ago

Go Matt! Have an awesome journey!

Maura Hackett
20 months ago

Hi Matt, I remember when you were trying this out as a cardboard box during the winter of 2011 in Erie. Fair Winds! Maura

Kyle Blakeslee
20 months ago

Beer money!

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