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The way I see it is that these first attempts are primarily to show dramatically that something can be done so effort and funding will be attracted so that eventually it might make sense.

In no case did the first attempt of anything make sense economically compared to the tried and true alternative.

The first airplane across the Atlantic.
The first motor car trip across the US
The first motor trip across the Atlantic.

They could all be easily classified as stunts compared to the then current tried and true.
They were all costly and dangerous.
Required a slightly crazy person to do it.

Someone will try however. Their will be failures and hopefully a first then a second etc.

Lessons will be learned.
They serve as a benchmark that that more commercial thinking people can use to eventually create a business and product ... or not.
 
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There is a lot more to than just being a good sailor. In this case he better be a great electrician also. Fiberglass guy, rigger carpenter too might come in handy.
 
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