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Monday, 01 October 2018 00:00

Taking a Long Slow Cruise on a Solar Yacht

Boasting more than 3,000 square feet in solar panels, the all-electric SolarImpact yacht is said to be able to cruise without a time limit -- if the weather cooperates and operators aren't in too much of a hurry.

As it is, the yacht's onboard battery can deliver as many as 10 hours of cruising power, with more available when sunshine can be harnessed to replenish the 800-kWh cell. Given a day with abundant sunshine, the panels can collect upwards of 320 kWh.

While the boat's all-electric power systems can push it to a top speed of 22 knots, operators who are willing to cruise along at a little less than a quarter of that speed can circumnavigate the world in about six months...as long as the course doesn't include too many land interruptions.

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