People around the world love boating and boating equipment, so it’s no surprise that numerous boating world records have been set throughout the years. Here are some note-worthy ones:
World’s Fastest Boat
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the fastest recorded water speed for a boat is 275.97 knots (511.11 km/h or 317/58 mph). The record was achieved by Ken Warby, using the unlimited-class jet-powered hydroplane called the Spirit of Australia on Blowering Dam Lake in New South Wales, Australia on October 8, 1978.
Fastest Propeller-Driven Boat
The “Miss Budweiser”, an unlimited class hydroplane reached a speed of 354.849 km/h (220.493 mph) on March 13, 2004 at Thermaltio Afterbay in Oroville, California. The boat, which is powered by a Lycoming T-55 L-7 turbine engine from a Chinook helicopter, was manned by Dave Villwock.
Heaviest Boat Pulled
George Olesen of Denmark pulled a mind-boggling 10,300 tonne passenger ferry a distance of 5 m 10 cm (or 16 ft 8.8 in.) at the Gothenburg Ferry Terminal in Sweden in June 2000.
Largest Solar-Powered Boat
The Turanor PlanetSolar currently holds this distinction, measuring 31 m long with a beam of 15 m and a displacement of 85 tonnes. The upper surface of the catamaran is covered with 537 m2 of solar panels. The boat first set sail on September 27, 2010.
Youngest Person to Sail the Indian Ocean Solo (Female)
Sarah Outen of the United Kingdom sailed from the East to the West of the Indian Ocean solo at the age of 23 in a 310-day voyage that took place between April 1 and August 3, 2009.
World’s Largest Raft Race
The largest recorded raft race involved 1,086 participants on 543 separate rafts and took place on July 26, 2009. It was organized by the city of Moroika and the Kitakamigawa River Rubber Boat Rafting Champion Executive Committee in Morioka, Iwate, Japan.
Longest Journey on an Airboat
On July 3, 1986, William “Bill” Fadeley Jr. and Eugene Hajtovick of the USA completed a 1,770.28 km (1,100 mile), 13-day airboat voyage along the Intercostal Waterway from Jacksonville, Florida to the Statue of Liberty in New York City.