Smith, who has authored more than 30 books in addition to making a slew of documentaries, has spent more than five years planning the trip and obtaining materials for the raft. The raft, An-tiki, measures 36 x 20 feet with a 20 x 7 foot cabin that can accommodate two sailors at a time. A net fence runs the perimeter the raft to insure that Smith, 84, or any of his 3 crewmembers (all of whom are over the age of 50) do not fall overboard. For food, the crew plans to live off of stores of cornflakes, eggs and bananas as well as caught fish and plankton. According to Smith, eating the latter only makes sense. "Plankton is good enough for the blue whale, the biggest creature on earth, to eat, so it's good enough for us." Alcohol will also be packed for the 2,800-mile voyage. "Everyone's quite keen on a drink, so it's not so much beer as rum and whisky."