American outdoor gear retailer L.L. Bean celebrated its 100th birthday in inimitable style – by building a 100-person kayak in a bid to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The boat, an astounding 407 feet 7 inches long, did manage to hold 100 people, ranging from whitewater champions down to beginners. As the video shows, some of the canoeists’ paddling techniques left a little to be desired and timing was a bit dodgy, resembling more of a ‘Mexican wave’ than anything else.
The kayak was built on site in Freeport, Maine and is of modular construction, which is just as well considering the length of vehicle needed (and the number of horizontal roof bars) to carry it. Portaging is likely to be rather difficult too.
More 100th anniversary exploits can be found at 100.llbean.com.
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