News media sources including the BBC report that a Canadian houseboat has shown up on the beaches of County Mayo in Ireland, navigating the north Atlantic by itself.

It is a  boat cobbled  together with foraged wood and tar, with a solar paneled roof. The houseboat had been abandoned on a Newfoundland beach by continental cyclist Rick Small. Mr. Small had previously cycled across Canada on a solar bike with a 500 watt motor. Surprisingly the solar bike and the houseboat do appear to have similar construction.


For his 7,000 kilometer bicycle ride across Canada, Mr. Small’s average speed was 27 kilometers per hour. The distance between Newfoundland and Ireland is approximately 3,217 kilometers. There is no report on how many knots the boat achieved on its journey to the Irish coast.