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Houseboat owner prepares to set sail on charity mission to the Caribbean

James Muggoch, who lives on the Thames in Brentford, plans to donate his yacht to sea scouts in Grenada after completing the 3,600-mile journey

James Muggoch (right) on board the yacht with friend Myk Heald

A brave houseboat owner is set to embark on a solo trip to the Caribbean despite a broken shoulder bone and the threat of piracy.

James Muggoch, who lives on a floating house beside Kew Bridge, in Brentford , is undertaking the 3,600-mile trip in aid of local sea scouts in Grenada, which is his final destination.

The 66-year-old father-of-four is due to fly to Lanzarote on January 29, from where he will set sail a couple of days later.

He bought the 27ft yacht on which he is travelling as an unconventional 65th birthday present for himself.

He plans to donate the boat to the First Grand Anse Sea Scouts in Grenada after completing the epic mission .

The yacht which James Muggoch will sail single-handedly to Grenada

He hopes they can use the boat to learn basic seafaring skills, helping impoverished youths break into the maritime industry.

Mr Muggoch expects the journey to take five to six weeks, during which his only contact with the outside world will be via a tracking device enabling supporters to follow his progress online.

"I'm getting pretty nervous. I have a broken bone in my shoulder which I injured falling off the boat three months ago," he said.

"I've also learned there are pirates operating just off the Grenadan coast who took two yachts last week and shot someone during an attack."

It's not too late to sponsor Mr Muggoch via his website , on which you can also keep track of his progress.

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