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Earthrace props may be failing in first leg of round-the-world record attempt

The biodiesel-powered, environmentally friendly Earthrace speedboat is limping into its first port. The boat took off on a world-record attempt to circumnavigate the globe on March 10. But 16 hours later, according to the team's website, the crew nearly had to give up the attempt.

Apparently the trick carbon props designed for subs are starting to fail. Increased vibration forced the team to slow down and inspect the components. All the blades have sections where the carbon is peeling away, leading to one blade nearly losing its entire edge.

The crew is nursing the boat into Panama where the crew will review their options.

[Source: Earthrace]

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