Re: Fuel Cell
The more I think about these, the more they make a lot of sense for a serious passagemaker afterall. You would have longer legs with solar/wind, but in serious storms, you run the risk of losing either. What an incredible comfort knowing you can recharge without the panel or windmill that was just torn off the boat.
I assume the cost will come down over time. Methanol could be the next most prolific fuel, especially if they can do deep drilling efficiently. There is even a physicist that wrote a book about the core of the earth actually manufacturing the stuff, not decaying dinosaurs. Imagine how that would change the planet. An inexhaustible fuel supply and we only need to have technology that doesn't allow it to harm the atmosphere. The latter is absolutely possible, imo.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.