Originally Posted by hellosailor
I can't see that his boat was in any way inferior to the hide coracles that were used in Ireland and other locales a thousand years ago, and no one called those folks crazy for using them
. According to the photos he did literally have both paddles in the water
and the rest, well, haven't we all had days with light wind
and adverse current
I doubt human nature has changed very much in a 1000 years, so am pretty confident that there would have been plenty of folks saying they were crazy, whether from the low odds of success or due to falling off the edge of the world.
My suspicion is that many (most?!) of voyages in craft like these were as much by accident
as design or folks fleeing by any means possible.....or by nutters!.......and yer only hear about the successes from those times.