The R/V RAchel Carson. This Green research vessel design is a preliminary drawing of a vessel equivalent to the current NSF Ocean Class vessel in terms of capabilities, range, and endurance.
Wind power? You must be kidding, that’s old technology!We tend to think of new, (and never tried) technologies first, but wind power is available, it’s free, and it works, though not everywhere, and not all the time. To achieve the design targets of a clean, renewable, and sustainable vessel, wind power will almost certainly be a part of the equation. The advantages are:
2.Technology to use it very refined, its been in use for hundreds of years.
3.Available much of the time in most of the world
4.Relatively low-tech and simple to maintain
5.Efficient: ship speeds of 10-15 knots sustained in 15-18 knots of wind
6.reduced consumables needed, no exotic fuels, parts, or maintenance.
Tom Wylie Interview in Sierra Club Magazine "Sailing's John Muir"