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Man Is Planning To Build Boat And Sail Across Atlantic To Meet Elon Musk

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Man Is Planning To Build Boat And Sail Across Atlantic To Meet Elon Musk

At the start of the year, many of us made a resolution, be it to shift a few pounds, cut down our cheese intake, or learn Spanish.

But Krystian Ryt decided to go a touch more ambitious, setting out to build a boat, sail across the Atlantic and meet Elon Musk.

The Pole - who moved to Manchester, UK, six years ago - has transformed his studio flat into a shipyard, and when he's not working as a machine operator, he spends his evenings building boats.

His studio flat has become a shipyard. Credit: Krystian Ryt
His studio flat has become a shipyard. Credit: Krystian Ryt
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As of yet, the longest stint the 26-year-old has spent on one of his boats is five hours on the canals in Manchester; however, he hopes to make a two-month trip across the Atlantic and meet billionaire Musk at his SpaceX Starbase in Texas before the year is up.

Krystian - who has no engineering qualifications - is regularly told his dream is 'crazy', but it's not sailing solo across the Atlantic on a homemade boat that he's afraid of.

"I really am scared about a simple life," he told LADbible. "That scares me more.

"Going to work, then back to home. Same day every day - that scares me."

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For Krystian, Musk is an inspiration because he is 'pushing humanity forward'.

A mundane life terrifies Krystian. Credit: Krystian Ryt
A mundane life terrifies Krystian. Credit: Krystian Ryt

"I basically want to be the same kind of person," he explained. "To push myself forward more than the average person."

But while motivation might not be a barrier for Krystian, finances are, so he's set up a GoFundMe in a bid to bring in the cash needed to build his boat - setting a goal of £69,000 ($81,000).

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"It's specifically that number because Elon Musk is always talking about funny numbers like 420 and 69," Krystian said. "But also, it's a really expensive idea."

Once he has the money to build the boat - which will be his fifth construction - he anticipates that it will take two months to put together and prepare, and a further two months to make the huge voyage.

As far as he's concerned though, it's a question of when, not if.

He even built a 6ft 9ins mockery of Jeff Bezos' New Shepard rocket. Credit: Krystian Ryt
He even built a 6ft 9ins mockery of Jeff Bezos' New Shepard rocket. Credit: Krystian Ryt
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He said: "I have only one life, and I know if I drop this idea now, a year after I will be thinking about this. After five years, I will still be thinking about the same thing. After 20 years, I will be thinking about this same moment in my life when I dropped this idea.

"I believe if I do what I have to do - and also if I survive - I will be a much more full person."

And if he does, he has no doubt about whether Musk would be waiting for him on the other side.

"He's a different kind of billionaire," Krystian said.

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"He likes speaking to people on Twitter, and an average person can ask him a question and many times he responds to them.

"He's a very open person. So I believe he will definitely hear about me. Many people in Texas know about me. They're basically waiting for me."

Featured Image Credit: Krystian Ryt/Alamy

Topics: Weird, Elon Musk, Travel

Jake Massey
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