Meet Flipflopi Ndogo...
In June when we first realized how difficult the engineering was – head boat builder Ali decided that it would be a good idea to test the recycled plastic building materials on a smaller dhow first.
So for the past 10 weeks Ali and his team have been building Flipflopi Dogo...the younger sister to the expedition boat. We have learned a great deal from this and now even more convinced that our 60ft dhow can be built and will sail from Lamu to Cape Town!
Here are some pictures (courtesy of Gioia Forster) of progress on Flipflopi Dogo – 7 metres long, made entirely from recycled plastic and also to be covered in thousands of recycled flipflops.