Erden has set several ocean rowing world records including the first person to row three oceans, the most continuous (non-stop) days at sea by a solo ocean rower - 312 days on the Pacific Ocean, the first rower to cross the Indian Ocean from Australia to mainland Africa (in two segments), the first rower to cross any ocean from the southern to the northern hemisphere and the longest distance rowed across the Atlantic Ocean at 9,817 km (6,100 mi), as well as the most experienced living ocean rower with 876 days at sea and 28,581 career nautical miles.

A documentary film called Castaway With Purpose is in production as of 2014 that will feature Eruç's circumnavigation.