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Around the world in eighty months

Updated: December 12, 2007, 6:47 PM ET

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The industrial earmuffs at the door to the engine room tell the story of what this boat will becomes when it's not at rest. Captain Brett McBride, above, who's charged with overseeing the vessel, explains that the boat is outfitted with triple or quadruple redundancy on most of its systems, allowing failure by, say, a couple of engines, or one of the reverse osmosis machines that supplies the boat with drinking water.

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