We don’t have the time or money to bring our research vessel Ault, a 42 foot steel schooner, around from Maryland to California. Even if we did, what am I going to do with a boat in Japan? I called Alexander at WD Schock and told him that I wanted to do a marine plastics survey in the Pacific Ocean to piggyback on last year’s marine plastics expedition in the Atlantic. He told me that WD Schock is going to release a new line of sail boats, the Harbor 29. The Harbor 29 is technically a 30 foot version of a Harbor 25. A 30 footer may seem like a small boat for a 7,000 mile non-stop voyage but its 3 feet bigger than St. Brendan (the boat I sailed around the Americas) 40 years younger and $170,000 more expensive. People generally underestimate small sailboats, there not as comfortable but they can certainly cross an ocean. Ocean Research Project does not own the boat, WD Schock has a dealer in Japan, we will drop it off there when we arrive. WD Schock gets to say, yes it’s a day sailor/ racer but it’s built strong enough to cross an ocean. We get a free boat to do our marine plastics research. It’s a win win situation.