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06-23-2013 05:56 PM
sailingfool
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

Showed up in Boston at Fan Pier, in Boston for a week or so, quite a sight...
06-19-2013 12:46 PM
G20
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

Very cool but I agree....a bit fugly.
06-19-2013 12:05 AM
mad_machine
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

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Originally Posted by Lateen Luffer View Post
Seems unsafe to me. Everybody it goes near will have to leave their helm unattended so they can go and barf over the side. Zowie. ~LL
I have seen worse looking "Yachts". At least this serves a purpose other than showing how the owners aspire to be the next Donald Trump
06-18-2013 05:18 PM
chucklesR
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

New definition of the term "day boat"
06-18-2013 04:37 PM
Lateen Luffer
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

Seems unsafe to me. Everybody it goes near will have to leave their helm unattended so they can go and barf over the side. Zowie. ~LL
06-18-2013 04:11 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

They better not sail that thing near Pax River NAS or they may find jet jockeys trying to land on it.
06-18-2013 12:39 PM
Roger Long
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

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why do they let the props hang half out of the water? They would be more efficent if they were not thrashing the water like that
Actually, surface piercing drives as they are known can be very efficient. The shaft of a conventional prop has a lot of drag. Get the shaft out of the water flow and make the props large enough for 1/2 to do the job and there can be significant gains. The thrashing is visible but may not be causing as much drag as the prop shafts would.
06-17-2013 08:48 PM
Silvio
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

scores high on the neat-o factor
06-17-2013 08:01 PM
krisscross
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

That is a really cool design. Probably not made to take a very serious storm, but definitely awesome for cruising in the Bahamas
06-17-2013 07:55 PM
mad_machine
Re: Worlds Largest Solar Powered Vessel cruising down the Chesapeake Bay Now

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The Arneson Surface Drives are among the most efficient marine propulsion systems in the world. Their surface-piercing propeller design reduces underwater drag by 50% compared to conventional submerged propeller drive systems.

Anybody know where this thing is headed?

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