Candelas hydrofoil boat is the worlds first electric speedboat

September 22, 2020 by  
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Candela is a Sweden-based start-up company on a mission to switch the world’s marine transport industry to electric power. Now, the company has announced its new hydrofoil boat, the Candela Seven, as the world’s first fully electric speedboat. According to Candela, the biggest hurdle keeping the electric marine craft industry from reaching its full potential is the discrepancy between speed and range. Electric water-bound vehicles typically either have speed or range, but not both, because planing motor boat hulls need enormous amounts of energy to go fast. A standard 25-foot boat, for example, needs 15 times the amount of energy of a standard car. Building an electric boat with the capability to perform just as efficiently as a boat that uses fossil fuels with contemporary batteries poses the biggest challenge. Related: Cool retro boats restored with electric motors In order to reduce friction from the water, Candela uses submerged hydrofoils under the surface of the water. These wings provide enough lift at 17 knots to completely lift the boat’s hull out of the water, reducing energy use by as much as 80%. The result is an exceedingly long all-electric range at high speeds, upward of 50 nautical miles or 92 kilometers, on one charge. Speeds go up to 20 knots, and the range is three times more efficient than the best electric boats currently on the market. In addition to the range and speed, these hydrofoils also provide a smoother ride thanks to their ability to move above the water’s wake and chop. Rather than feeling the boat bounce up and down on the water as it moves, occupants on the hydrofoil boat get to effortlessly glide along the water as the hydrofoils lift the vessel up and over rough water. According to the company, a series of onboard computers and sensors went into the design of the Candela Seven. In order to monitor the boat’s stability, these sensors constantly measure the height and adjust the foils to maintaining pitch, roll and height automatically. + Candela Speed Boat Via Electrek Images via Candela Speed Boat

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Two young architects travel the Arctic in a repurposed lifeboat

July 9, 2020 by  
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A tale of determination, exploration and sustainability, architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel are taking the trip of a lifetime on a repurposed, retired Arctic lifeboat. Along with their seafaring dog, Shackleton the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, these two architects have given a second life to a decommissioned lifeboat that served in the Western Isles of Scotland. While the boat was originally designed to carry 100 people in survival situations, Simmonds and Schnabel set out to repurpose and rebuild it into a self-sustaining expedition vessel. The goal was to complete the project in a little over one year, just in time to take a 3,000 mile adventure from the U.K. to the Norwegian Arctic. Related: A solar-powered houseboat designed for the water-loving adventurer The architects renamed the boat Stødig, a Norwegian word meaning “sound and steadfast.” As the name suggests, the lifeboat’s reliable and functional design was a large inspiration for its newly adapted role as a self-sustaining and minimalist expedition vessel. The lifeboat , which was on its way to being scrapped if it had found no buyer, was bought in February 2018, and the voyage began in May 2019. The team departed from the southern British port of Newhaven before traveling along the Belgian and Dutch coast, sailing through the Kiel canal in Germany and then venturing into the Baltic Sea. The scenic route took them up the Danish and Swedish coasts past Copenhagen and Gothenburg, past Norway and up to Bergen. All along the way, Simmonds, Schnabel and Shackleton took in some of the best views the world has to offer, from showstopping sunsets and the dreamy Northern Lights to hushed evergreen forests and magnificent, snow-covered mountain landscapes. Stødig was first gutted to provide the architects with a blank canvas, on which they could bring their ideas to life. The boat redesign incorporates two forward cabins, a dining area, kitchen, a bathroom with a composting toilet, bunk beds for guests and a stern cockpit. There are solar panels on the roof, a wood-burning stove and small wind turbines incorporated for additional sustainability. It is made of fiberglass, measuring 11 meters long and 3.5 meters wide. An important feature for exploration, a number of large, curved windows were installed to provide breathtaking panoramic views and bring in as much light as possible. + Stødig Arctic Lifeboat Images via Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel

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Sail your worries away on this solar-powered floating tiny home

June 29, 2018 by  
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For those wanting to sail away from the stresses of daily life, this solar-powered tiny house boat is the perfect off-grid escape. Built by Quebec-based boat builders Daigno , the floating home, which comes with a price tag of approximately $60,000, provides all the amenities needed for a comfortable life on the water. Daigno is well-known for its boat constructions, but the Le Koroc is a special model designed to be lightweight and efficient. Built with laminated white cedar beams and strong plywood, the floating home weighs just over 5,000 pounds. Related: The Tiny Sweet Pea is the first houseboat to be certified by Build Green Although a very compact tiny home at just 24 feet long and 8 feet wide, the interior of the cabin is equipped with all of the basics. A bistro table is located in the kitchen, and just off this space, the compact bathroom is complete with a stand-up shower. In the back of the boat, the a dinette table folds out into a bed frame, transforming this area into a cozy bedroom. Two benches on either side fold out to provide a mattress. Space-efficient storage is found throughout the tiny house. The front of the boat hosts the main living space, an open air deck built for passing the days by with a fishing pole in one hand and a cold beverage in the other. There is a dining table with seating for two, an area for barbecuing and a built-in fish tank for storing the day’s fresh catch. The metal roof is equipped with a 265-watt solar panel, which connects to batteries that power the boat’s lighting and refrigerator. Recessed LED lighting is installed throughout the tiny house to reduce its energy use. Daigno’s floating homes can be ordered with special composting toilets and other sustainable features. + Daigno Via Tiny House Talk Images via Daigno and video by Exploring Alternatives

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Paddling towards sustainability with the spirit of Aloha

September 13, 2017 by  
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Pono Shim, leader of nonprofit economic development organization PBR Hawaii and one of Hawaii’s most gifted storytellers and business influencers, talks about the importance of pulling together to achieve the goal of a sustainable society. Throughout the VERGE Hawaii conference where Shim spoke, there was a theme of all paddling forward in the same canoe. But if everyone jumps headfirst into the same canoe, he said, the boat will capsize. 

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Solar-powered yacht sails silently for a cleaner, greener eco-tourism experience

September 7, 2016 by  
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Dutch marine designers Soel Yachts has created a solar-powered motor boat intended to boost eco-tourism , and it will debut later this year. The SoelCat 12 is a 39-foot catamaran built from lightweight, resilient materials. The boat can reportedly travel up to six knots in complete silence when powered exclusively by its massive onboard solar array, which should make for some pretty smooth sailing, so to speak. The double-hulled boat vaguely resembles a pontoon boat , with a large, wide awning covering the deck. That covering sports 809 solar panels, which generate clean energy to power the boat’s silent motor. Additionally, there are two 30kW battery-powered motors onboard, which can boost the boat’s speed up to 15 knots when engaged. Related: World’s largest solar-powered boat unveiled Soel Yachts says the boat will be composed of lightweight materials especially chosen for their resilience against salty seawater . In keeping with the latest trend in manufacturing, the boat is designed to be manufactured as flat-pack components, making it possible to fit all its pieces into two 40-foot-high cube containers for easy shipping. The SoelCat 12 was developed primarily for use as a sightseeing vessel, and it will reportedly be able to connect to waterfront homes or resorts to contribute to their clean energy stores when not in use. “The SoelCat 12 was developed for the fast growing ecotourism market,” said Joep Koster, designer and naval architect at Soel Yachts. “It is great to see a lot of green initiatives at resorts these days, however, water bound transport always seems to be neglected.” Koster says his company’s creation offers “a 100-percent sustainable alternative to conventionally powered boats used in the industry so far” and could make a huge impact on the tourist experience, given the absence of noise and engine exhaust. When the SoelCat 12 is released later this year, it will cost a mere $562,000 (£420,000). Via DailyMail Images via Soel Yachts

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Amazing floating sauna lets you heat up and then cool off in Seattle’s Lake Union

April 1, 2016 by  
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goCstudio has taken the Scandinavian tradition of recharging in a sauna to an amazing new level in Seattle. The wa_sauna is a floating building on Lake Union that offers a heated respite followed by an invigorating plunge into cool waters. Read the rest of Amazing floating sauna lets you heat up and then cool off in Seattle’s Lake Union

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Invisible canoe offers full view of the world under the sea

December 31, 2014 by  
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Move over, glass-bottom boats: this canoe/kayak hybrid is entirely transparent. You might feel like Wonder Woman cruising in her invisible jet as you glide through the waters with a full view of everything beneath the surface. The canoe is made from the same material used for the cockpits of fighter jets, can support up to 425lbs, and displaces a greater amount of water for more surface stability and better balance. These things are really important when your vessel is transparent, as it might be more difficult to find your canoe should you manage to capsize it. The included paddles, however, are not transparent. This amazing watercraft can be yours for the cool price of $25,000. + Hammacher Schlemmer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boat , canoe , clear , fun , gifts , Kayak , ocean , recreation , river , see-through , transparent , unique products , watercraft

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Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

July 8, 2013 by  
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PHOTOS: World’s Largest Solar Boat Sets New Record

May 31, 2013 by  
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PlanetSolar’s Tûranor, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, beat its own world record this month by crossing the Atlantic in 22 days. The crew bested the boat’s previous transatlantic speed record, set in 2010, by 4 days, 6…

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Is your company missing the boat on green tax incentives?

March 19, 2012 by  
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Companies are inadvertently leaving loads of money on the table because they're unaware of environmental tax incentives, new research from Ernst & Young Research shows.  

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