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It’s A Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s SuperSolar Boat!

June 24, 2013

Reader CosHarbour sent some photos of the totally cool PlanetSolar boat that was in the New York waters on the 21st, bound for a trip north after last year being the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the world.

In today’s New York Times, coincidentally, a long article about the voyage. Beyond CosHarbour’s photos, I’ve included one photo by the NYT photographer and one from the PlanetSolar website.

Photo courtesy PlanetSolar.org

Photo courtesy PlanetSolar.org

Last year, after it became the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe, the Turanor Planetsolar could have taken its 5,500 square feet of photovoltaic cells and eight tons of lithium-ion batteries and sailed off into the sunset.

The Turanor Planetsolar, which cost $17 million to build, circumnavigated the globe using only solar power in 2012.
Instead it is becoming a scientific research ship, at least for the summer. The boat, a 100-foot, $17 million catamaran that was dreamed up by a Swiss eco-adventurer and bankrolled by a German businessman, will cruise the Gulf Stream studying the role of atmospheric aerosols and phytoplankton in regulating climate, under the direction of Martin Beniston, a climatologist at the University of Geneva.

Photo: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times The Turanor Planetsolar

Photo: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times
The Turanor Planetsolar

CosHarbour caught real-time images of her. It’s hard to get a perspective on her size, although the man in the red shortsd looks pretty small in comparison to the vessel.

Photo from Planet Solar website

Photo from Planet Solar website

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Boats and I are NOT best friends, that inner ear thing that most women in my family have makes for some two-bagger outings, added to my mild claustrophobia, I can tell you right now, I will not be signing up for their second round-the-world trip. More power to the scientists who take on such adventure. Send me a post card.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2013 9:35 pm

    Thats awesome, would love to see in person

  2. June 25, 2013 5:17 am

    Art Studio: I believe you can track the vessel’s itinerary and their website. As of yesterday, she was in Boston harbor.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. June 25, 2013 8:54 am

    Too bad it isn’t stopping in Halifax. We may be there this weekend.

    Seventeen million dollars!

  4. June 25, 2013 9:01 am

    What you and I could do with $17 million, eh?

    Have fun in Halifax and thank your lucky stars you weren’t headed to Calgary. The SuperBoat was a necessity there, not a luxury.

  5. Luke Gardner permalink
    June 26, 2013 9:12 am

    I saw some great safari vehicles in Botswana all tricked out with solar panels and other very cool gear. Mad Max redux stuff.

  6. June 26, 2013 9:20 am

    Gosh, that makes such sense. Hadn’t thought about it until you mentioned it. Maybe Obama will get a ride in one whilst in Tanzania. Then again…..

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