The Worlds Longest Dragon Boat Is a Sight to Behold

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first_imgStay on target A team from Cambodia is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for building a dragon boat that’s nearly as long as the State of Liberty is tall.The record-setting dragon boat measures 286 feet and 5 inches. For reference, the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet tall. The boat can hold 179 oarsmen, according to Guinness World Records.The boat was built using traditional methods by the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), Prey Veng, and the Prey Veng Provincial Administration in Cambodia.The builders used six logs and some stumps, and the timber came from Koki msoav (Hopea odorata) trees, a species which can reach up to 148 feet in height. The trees are also known to be highly water-resistant.A tree trunk used in the construction of the boat. (Photo Credit: Guinness World Records)Some of the tree trunks used for the boat were over 50 years old, and their use required official permission  from government departments such as the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.The boat was constructed for the Cambodian Water Festival, one of the country’s biggest traditional celebrations, held during the second week of November.Photo Credit: Guinness World RecordsThe International Dragon Boat Federation, which sets the international standard for dragon boats, inspected the finished vessel to confirm it qualified for the record.More on Geek.com:Watch: Gymnast Sets World Record for Insane BackflipCan You Beat These 9 Incredible Gaming World Records?World’s Largest Game Boy Makes a Man Out of Nintendo’s Handheld Dude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World RecordEarliest Known Mariner’s Astrolabe Earns Guinness World Record last_img

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