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Estonia: Can Amphibear carry man across the oceans?01:06

Estonia: Can Amphibear carry man across the oceans?

Estonia, Near Tallinn
November 6, 2013 at 13:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Estonia: Can Amphibear carry man across the oceans?

Estonian man Mait Nilson has set off on an around the world adventure in a self-modified amphibious vehicle called the 'Amphibear'. The 44-year-old mechanical engineer set off on November 2 to fulfill a lifelong dream and travel some 60,000 kilometres (37,000 miles) over nine months in a converted Toyota Land Cruiser, including all sea travel.

The dream trip, which will at times include co-pilots, will take Nilson from his starting point in Estonia through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada and Russia.

The modified Toyota Land Cruiser 120 4D4 has an on-water maximum speed of eight knots which, in ideal conditions, can cover up to 120 nautical miles in one day. Wave scientists have said that breaking waves over four metres high pose a risk to the Amphibear, although its reduced wind drag means it is less likely to capsize than regular catamarans.

Although kitted out with sleeping quarters, a radio scanner, GPS, a marine plotter and a hydraulic system pump, the Amphibear can still reach an on land top speed of 110 kilometres.

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Estonia: Can Amphibear carry man across the oceans?

Estonian man Mait Nilson has set off on an around the world adventure in a self-modified amphibious vehicle called the 'Amphibear'. The 44-year-old mechanical engineer set off on November 2 to fulfill a lifelong dream and travel some 60,000 kilometres (37,000 miles) over nine months in a converted Toyota Land Cruiser, including all sea travel.

The dream trip, which will at times include co-pilots, will take Nilson from his starting point in Estonia through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada and Russia.

The modified Toyota Land Cruiser 120 4D4 has an on-water maximum speed of eight knots which, in ideal conditions, can cover up to 120 nautical miles in one day. Wave scientists have said that breaking waves over four metres high pose a risk to the Amphibear, although its reduced wind drag means it is less likely to capsize than regular catamarans.

Although kitted out with sleeping quarters, a radio scanner, GPS, a marine plotter and a hydraulic system pump, the Amphibear can still reach an on land top speed of 110 kilometres.