"Moby," the whale-shaped boat that will cross the Atlantic

March 9, 2016 | Environment
Moby: the boat built by Tom McClean

Former SAS trooper Tom McClean will try to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a 62-tonne whale-shaped boat. From London to New York.

He started building it 20 years ago. With his own hands. Now, "Moby," the 65-foot whale-shaped boat, is ready to hit the water for its ultimate challenge - the Atlantic crossing.

The Scottish veteran, 73, has spent £100,000 building the vessel, and he is putting the finishing touches before embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.

"It's unlike anything I've ever done before, and it has been a long time coming. Arriving to a huge crowd will be an unbelievable swan song and my crowning achievement," McClean expressed.

Moby: the map of the 62-tonne whale-shaped vessel

In 1969, Tom McClean became the first man to row across the Atlantic Ocean from west to east, so he believes he is ready for the upcoming journey.

"Every part of my life has prepared me for the next. The orphanage toughened me up for the army, and the army toughened me up for the SAS, which taught me how to survive on my adventures."

It's all about survival, looking after yourself, and doing what you need to do."

"Moby" is currently beached on the remote shore of Loch Nevis, near Lochaber, in the Highlands of Scotland. The Scottish sailor is improving the boat's interior with new equipment.