I’ve seen bits and snags on this boat, but here’s the "home page"… pretty boat showcasing modern solar technologies. She’s a 101-foot catamaran powered completely by the sun, with 5,780 square feet of solar panels arrayed on deck.
Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine also has a podcast (audio) interview with founder Raphael Domjan.
SOL Solutions has several nifty looking solar energy products. Not sure how some of them might play on a boat, but their portable power unit could be very handy if you are building "remote" from utilities.
You can combine up to three panels for more generation. Neat design.
Mobile Solar Generators
PLUG AND PLAY PORTABLE GREEN POWER NOW!
Perfect point of use, off the grid, alternative to old paradigm, noisy gas generators.
Clean, silent, renewable energy that you own, with no ongoing costs ever!
One small, easy to move, all in one integrated unit, ready to point towards the sun at your best location, and deliver up to 1200 watts of AC power, and 12 volts DC power,â€¨and even charge all your Ni-Mh smaller batteries.
Elegantly designed unit including, one 135 watt photovoltaic panel, three 100 amp/hour deep cycle sealed batteries, solar charge controller, watt Meter, 1500 watt inverter/charger, external AC/DC plugs.
All in a sleek, simple, two-wheel, cart.
This is a neat looking "technology demonstration" type craft that is now up for sale, at least to the right person. Probably need to be of a "high-tech" bent.
Pedal, solar and/or sail-powered, there are some interesting ideas to check out, even if you’re not shopping for just this boat.
The site is geared around houseboats, but many of the solutions are universal.
Andrew Maurer has started a nifty build of a type of boat I haven’t ran across before… its designed for autonomous operations. He’s using just about every hot-button technology that I drool over in his build, from CNC cut plywood frames and skins to solar electric power.
Check out his blog, and also his various, very well done video blog entries.
Chris has a nice little blog about his boating adventures, including the conversion of his craft to solar/wind electric power.
Berkshire Pontoon has a neat little solar/electric pontoon boat. Twin drives with a joystick control. Looks like it really needs more solar panel space to get full power, but seems ok.
If I go with electric, I’m planning a "remote" control setup… I know, maybe not everybody’s definition of simple, but in some ways an easy to run wire up to the control point may be easier than traditional controls. If it fails, things are small enough for an emergency tiller.
For full disclosure, I write some paid articles for Mad Marinerâ„¢.