Featured in the American Sailing Journal, Summer 2011
Is it safe to say that we became boaters because we love being out on the water? We don’t have to be reminded about how wonderful it is to go sailing, fishing or diving from our boats in a healthy marine environment, or how sad it is to see trash on the beach or oil on the water. The idea of Green Boating stems from our natural instinct to protect what we cherish. It is not a new fad, but an attitude that translates into behaviors that reflect our values.
Green Boating doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. In fact, what I’ve discovered on my boat is that going green has made my overall boating experience safer, more comfortable and…
Posted on July 16, 2011 at 10:00pm
It is understood that the disadvantage of electric propulsion systems is the limited range of the batteries. Because of this, a lot of attention and hope is on the evolution of battery technology. There are a lot of battery designs in use, with the most common being some type of lead- acid, nickel cadmium or lithium ion, each with their advantages and disadvantages but none so far representing the breakthrough that could truly revolutionize electric power storage. But what if you could turn the conventional thinking about batteries upside down and envision an energy storage system that was unlike any "battery" that you have ever seen?
Does a device that holds electric charge have to use rare or expensive materials to act as an electrolyte? Does it have to be extremely heavy? Does it have to operate…Continue
Posted on May 1, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment
At the annual meeting of American Sailing Association (ASA) affiliates in Las Vegas from March 4-6, 2011, Guinness Book Record circumnavigator and President of ASA Japan, Yoh Aoki unveiled the latest technological wonder from Japan: the Zen 24. Designed by Yoh Aoki and the renowned Japanese naval architect, Yokoyama, the Zen 24 is believed to be the first mid 20 ft "pocket cruiser" which is marketed, designed and optimized for inboard electric auxiliary propulsion. The design, based on the popular Ahodori 24 in Japan has a unique hull shape that allows the boat to reach hull speed quickly in light air, while also remaining stable in heavy conditions. The boat is also designed to balance easily under sail, making the boat easy to handle, which makes the boat suitable for beginners and experts alike. The…Continue
Posted on April 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment
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