Oh no! We missed the world’s largest solar powered yacht

Posted at June 9, 2011 by Comments Off

A quirky bit of irrelevant news…

The world’s largest solar powered yacht, the “Turanor,” made a pit stop in Miami and we missed it. It was docked at the Miami Beach Marina for four days last November.


Turanor” — so-named after a word that means “power of the sun” in J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy — has so far stopped at Miami, the Galapagos Islands and Cancun, in Mexico — the latter during the United Nations World Climate Conference.

According to news coverage the boat looks like “a space ship and is covered with photovoltaic solar panels.”

Drilling down on the stats:

  1. Cost was $16 million to make
  2. Weighs 60 tons and is 31 meters long
  3. Boasts 536+ square meters of PV panels (Whoa!)
  4. Travels at an average speed of 7.5 knots
  5. Sails up to five nights without direct sunlight
  6. Carries the world’s largest rechargeable lithium battery

Its not the first time we miss the boat, the Miami Herald says it was here before:

Back in 2007, the 46-foot Sun21 catamaran arrived in Miami from southern Spain to complete the first Atlantic crossing by a solar boat. Dozens of domestic builders now offer small craft capable of plying lakes or Biscayne Bay. But the Turanor is the biggest, most advanced and easily most eye-catching design yet. It’s also built with the ambitious goal of circumnavigating the globe without burning a thimble of gasoline.

Okay, so maybe we’ll catch it next time? In the meantime, I’m going to figure out how us locals can take advantage of South Florida’s sunshine and retrofit our own vessels to reduce the environmental impact of running a boat engine at anchor.

Watch out for a post: How to turn your vessel into a solar powered boat.

If you already know how to do this or know someone who has done it, and would like to contribute your insight, email us at quirkyflamingo@gmail.com.

 Oh no! We missed the world’s largest solar powered yacht

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