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01:03 PM on 02/26/2010
Where's the deck for sunbathing bikini beauties and martinis and oysters on the half shell?
01:02 PM on 02/26/2010
WHERE IS THE CENTER MAST WITH A HIIGH TECH SAIL? BIG MISTAKE,NOT USING WIND-ALSO....BUT THE ENGINEERS WERE PERHAPS FULL OF ENOUGH HOT AIR?
12:56 PM on 02/26/2010
Now if they could only figure out how to make a wind powered yacht. Wait a minute....................:-)
05:13 PM on 02/26/2010
LOL!
12:55 PM on 02/26/2010
Fantastic! Hand it to those Germans and their love for technology.
12:37 PM on 02/26/2010
Lithium Ion battery pack by GAIA/Lithium Technology Corp.!
12:18 PM on 02/26/2010
I knew before clicking on the article that this yacht was built in Germany.At least we`re Nr. 1 in the medal count.Hooray
12:12 PM on 02/26/2010
somebody will be needing a tax cut to afford that toy
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StylesBitchly
12:02 PM on 02/26/2010
Glad my dingy is finally ready.
12:11 PM on 02/26/2010
word has it that your dingy is "never" ready..........jk
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Jesse P. Steinberg
est un habitant.
11:51 AM on 02/26/2010
Nice, but if only nuclear yachts were allowed :(
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ChumpChicken
01:22 PM on 02/26/2010
....like a screen door on a submarine....
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mjeffn
Freedom's just another word 4 nothing left to lose
11:50 AM on 02/26/2010
Even so,
the fact remains,
it's still only a boat.
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11:40 AM on 02/26/2010
As their itinerary is weighted toward the Equator with Suez transit, watch out for Somali pirates.
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Gaylord P Farqua
Herb Gardner Amateur Chef, Historian and Political
11:36 AM on 02/26/2010
Exactly the right plan. Really rich folks consume lots more than the rest of us slobs so rather than spending energy on uses of solar which could benefit the general population hooking up the rich with solar yachts is a great way for them to appear humble without it hurting. All the boats could be painted green.
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F4Phantom
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12:12 PM on 02/26/2010
Lots of workers drew a good salary building this monster. It's the same reason I support lunacy like NASCAR. Exorbitant toys for the rich really does create "trickle down" that otherwise might not occur.
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Gaylord P Farqua
Herb Gardner Amateur Chef, Historian and Political
04:53 PM on 02/26/2010
The "trickle" is not adequate. Let's implement a "Manhattan Project" for energy independence and put on a million workers installing solar panels on million square foot malls and windmills in the central part of the US where they will not offend someone's artistic sensibility. Won't do it all so maybe there are some jobs left over to re-build bridges and schools and highways in this country instead of paying for ones we blow up in Afghanistan.
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11:35 AM on 02/26/2010
what a joke. How many kW can that array produce. Notice how they do not give any detail.

So say it produces 40kW (a very optimistic estimate). That is equivalent to about 55HP. Talk about a slow boat to China. And that is only during a cloudless day. What is the speed at night?
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Flokk
This is embarrassing... I mean, I'm Quickman!
11:41 AM on 02/26/2010
(it has a battery too)
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11:48 AM on 02/26/2010
Our old Atomic 4 was 30 hp and moved along a 34 foot wooden boat at a good clip. Had to pay attention to tide charts for e.g. going through The Race, que sera sera.
This boat has a much more efficient hull design. It's battery cells provide power for 3 days w/o sun.
As to joke. That depends on its purpose, don't you think?
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11:53 AM on 02/26/2010
this boat is 102ft long! 50ft wide?!
Assume all the hull efficiency you want, that is still a LOT of water to displace.

A 55hp motor on a 100ft boat isn't going to cut it.

And batteries aren't really light.
11:35 AM on 02/26/2010
If someone could manufacture a semi-flexible photovoltaic, you could convert a conventional sailing craft into a solar craft by connecting PV's to the rigging. Then at noight or when it's cloud you can change the rigging to canvas and run on wind power.

Plastic PV's don't quite have the same efficiency as solid silicon-based PV's you could have solar panels frames that attach to the mast and yard arms. You could get more coverage and have deck space. Masts are like trees and trees are solar-powered.
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11:28 AM on 02/26/2010
This yacht ain't got nothin' on Bill Joy's:

http://www.yachtingpartner.com/editorial/ethereal_green.htm
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
11:39 AM on 02/26/2010
Good link post!