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.
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.
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.
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.