Three guys from Brisbane here in Australia have just completed a 78km (48.5 miles) journey down the Brisbane River on a vessel made entirely out of beer cans. The three army reservists decided to make the boat after months of beer drinking resulted in a pile of empties big enough to make a boat out of!
The nine meter long boat was made out of more than 8000 cans of XXXX Gold, a local beer from Queensland that only Queenslanders love to drink. It was held together with a bunch of silicone and took around 12 months to build.
The boat itself is a copy of the boats they make each year up in Darwin for the Beer Can Regatta. An event started after the town was destroyed by a cyclone in the mid 1970’s, the workmen repairing the city drank so much beer in the tropical climate that they had to do something with the empty cans!
The trip was actually done for a good cause, to raise money for a children’s charity SIDS and Kids after one of the mens children has passed away from SIDS a year earlier. They believed they had raised over $60,000 for the charity over the three day journey and probably gained a few ideas for the next 8000 cans they rack up.
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