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Old 05-06-2012, 03:48 AM   #1
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Default Solar-powered catamaran completes record-setting circumnavigation

Solar-powered catamaran completes record-setting circumnavigation
Friday, May 4, 2012 9:53am PDT

By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com

Turanor PlanetSolar, a futuristic-looking 100-foot catamaran, on Friday became the first vessel to have circumnavigated the planet exclusively on power generated by the sun. The voyage, which began and ended in Monaco, lasted 19-plus months and included layovers in 28 countries, which were designed to promote the importance of solar energy.



ABOVE IMAGE: Turanor PlanetSolar pulls into Monaco to become first solar-powered vessel to circumnavigate the planet.

Traveling on an equatorial route to take advantage of abundant sunshine, Turanor PlanetSolar covered more than 37,000 miles and set multiple Guinness World Records. The five-man crew enjoyed stops in such destinations as Tangier, Miami, Cancun, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bombay, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

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The boat, which was built in Germany for about $10 million, is 25 feet high and has a 50-foot beam (width), and wave-piercing pontoons. It's constructed largely of lightweight carbon fiber and powered by four electric motors that deliver silent, clean propulsion.



It became clear that the project might succeed last spring as the vessel was crossing the Pacific, when it eclipsed the solar-vehicle record of 9,639 miles, accomplished in 2004 by the Midnight Sun Solar Race Car Team on its tour across North America.

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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Thank you ... I don't always have time to stay on top of what is cool in boats.

This has everything I want except for jet engines and folding wings to be a surface skimmer, but this is very workable for supplying say a submarine with supplies.
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