Post by Bret Cahill Post by R Kym Horsell Post by Bret Cahill Post by R Kym Horsell Post by Bret Cahill Post by Wally W. Post by Wally W. Post by Nobody Post by Bret Cahill
Another waste of cash on a project that will never become commercially
viable. Does keep some people with jobs and some modicum of fame
Much like the useless electric plane that took 16-1/2 months to go
around the world. That was a REAL joke because the pilot Bertrand
Piccard went around the world in a friggin unpowered balloon in just
under 20 days over a decade earlier. That record has been shortened to
under 15 days by Steve Fossett.
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Was there a question?
I only heard whinin hillbilly.
Still, I liked the specs of the lil boat. 20 kw of PV, 2 x 1 kw windmills,
Unless they were planning to go really slow in dark windy polar regions in winter, I would have dropped the windmills.
On the other hand, at the dock, wind turbines vex Luddite deniers. They need to spend 10 years visiting every back bay and bayou in the U. S.
The motors could be larger. Sometimes you need a short burst of power. On the other hand, they should be able to steer clear of storms with good weather forecasts.
They ought to wander all over the planet to piss off Luddites everywhere.
Post by R Kym Horsell
40 kwh of batteries, a 20 ft hydrogen tank
It would be nice to know the size of the tank in equivalent kW-hrs.
62 kg of H2 -- 9 GWh and enough for 1 day's motoring at 16 kt or 10 kt
into a stiff breeze without need of PV or batteries. :)
They are exploiting the propeller rule, power ~ velocity^3. Just cruise a bit slower than max and store up plenty of energy for a rainy day.
I bet they spread sheeted everything, cost benefit risk analysis, time at sea, etc. to get the maximum number of Luddites to vex . . .
They have 50 naval architects working on the design.
Of course this is nothing compared to the daily-self-advertised expertise of
your average unschooled net yokul.
The French website has some of the details, but you need a spreadsheet
and your old design tables to figure out some of the juicier details.
(Some of the details about the boat you can google from its past incarnations,
and there have been a few :).
Funny enough I actually have been on the boat back in the 90s.
Back then it was the "TAG Heuer" and was apparently 5m shorter than now. :)
It was never back then a great winner of Sydney/Hobarts or Americas Cups
challenge rounds. But it was still damn sexy.
I had the great misfortune to have parents & grandparents that have been
married more than once. Some of them make a habit of it. I think
the record is 5 or 6 times with kids each time. Hence I have an
extended family that is reasonably large.
The rels includes some that part-own maxis (it's never polite to
straight-out ask about the ownership/financials) and do the odd ocean race.
Now that all the parents & grandparents have gone to that farm upstate
I don't have any contact with the 1 million cousins and 10 million
2nd cousins. But back in the day there was an annual gathering of a
couple of the clans usu in Adelaide Xmas/NY and it was sometimes tollerable.
So one year I was invited to spend a couple days on some counsin's/uncle's
(as I say -- impolite to ask) big boat playing the part of unaccompanied
However, one thing led to another and at the last minute I got bumped
over to the people sailing the T-H.
It was a neat trip anyway. But you only need to do it once. :)
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