iFADO III (buche salado II)

PLOCAN - iFADO - IES Eusebio Barreto


1st Voyage

This boat was built by students at IES Eusebio Barreto, from La Palma island (Canary Islands). The action is running under support of the iFADO project (Interreg Atlantic Program) and led in the Canary Islands by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). This is the third iFADO miniboat from the Canary Islands.

Pictured above are some of the student preparations.

  • May 5, 2023: Launch Day

    On Friday, May 5, 2023, students from the IES Eusebio Barreto in Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, launched their miniboat named Buche salado II with the Canary Islands Ocean Platform (PLOCAN) and other partners into the sea in the waters of Tazacorte (La Palma). The boat was launched at 10:23 UTC, about 3.5 nautical miles offshore.

    Students were interviewed when they returned to port, and were featured in news outlets and local TV stations:



    To read more about the activity hosted by PLOCAN and iFADO: Alumnos del IES Eusebio Barreto de La Palma lanzan al mar el bote educativo Buche Salado II para cruzar el Atlántico (Students from the IES Eusebio Barreto de La Palma launch the Buche Salado II educational boat into the sea to cross the Atlantic)

  • Sensor Data

    Sensor Data

    This miniboat has two GPS systems installed. The reports from the main GPS will show on the map at the top of this page here (which updates hourly with new positions if available). Here below is where you can see the data reporting from the second GPS which is connected to the sensor package. In addition to reporting location with a secondary GPS tracker, this system is also collecting air temperature, water temperature, and orientation of the boat. Please note that the map below will only the last 7 days of data and may include invalid points and data. If you are interested in looking at the data in a different format from the whole voyage, contact us.

  • July 22, 2023: Recovered in Cape Verde

    After traveling for 78 days and covering over 2,300 km, the Buche salado III was recovered near Boa Vista, Cape Verde by a fisherman.

    Our friend in the Azores, Helena Batista, noticed the boat was approaching an island where one of her friends lived, and quickly reached out. Soon we discovered a nearby center, the Cabo Verde Natura 2000, who also helped us to make contact with the finder (thank you, María Suárez!).

    We are not working to connect classrooms, and coordinate a relaunch!