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Hqrsie wrote:I've actually been doing serious planning on a ship (I've sailed for 12 years now and plan on building a boat in the future).
One emergent technology for wind propulsion on boats has been the concept of power kites. These airfoils get high into the atmosphere and can harness much more wind power for their surface area. My plan involves the use of those for main, long-term propulsion mixed with solar panels attached to a traditional mast. The idea is for a small electric turbine to move the boat around shore and wind to do the work on the open sea where the solar panels will work to power on-board devices such as sewage, navigation, and communication systems.
It's a long time coming, but sailing around the world in a boat I've designed myself is going to be my backpacking through Europe, mid-life crisis sports car, and wacky old man retirement project all rolled into one. When it's done I'll settle down at some marina/house boat community, dress like a pirate, and yell at nearby swimmers to "get off my lawn!"
Brian-M wrote:Just love the idea. Maybe we could get hold of the replica of the Bounty they built for the Australian bi-centenary in 1988? (Assuming it's still afloat.)
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