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Wave-powered boat to cross the Pacific

March 13, 2008
Posted in Transport

suntorymermaid-new.jpgA Japanese engineering professor named Ken-ichi Hori has created a 3-ton catamaran make from recycled aluminium that is propelled using wave energy. On March 16 the seasoned eco-sailor will attempt to sail from Hawaii to Japan in the boat, a distance of about 7,000km, the longest distance travelled in a wave-powered boat. The journey is intended to prove that wave-power can work in real-world conditions. The Suntory Mermaid II travels at a maximum speed of five knots, so the journey is expected to take about two and a half months – a normal diesel-powered boat would apparently take about 10 days. The boat has an engine and sail for emergencies. Read more at New York Times, MSNBC and Popular Science