Originally Posted by Guy
They will have no choice. With rising sea levels extensive coastal flooding power plants will overheat and blow up. Extensive brownouts inland. Global warming too.
Guy, I can't agree more. The best solution to global warming is to go boating
and go green. Seems like a good sailboat with solar panels
is the best refuge for the impending climate (hot or cold) doom that is going to strike us.
Now that I'm convinced on using the high capacity new panels
that are a little larger than the less powerful alternatives I am now looking at the best as far as aesthetics for the boat regarding mounting options.
It bothers me no end that after buying
a sailboat, catamaran
to be more specific, and spending 100's of thousands one is left with the choice for mounting the panels
on scaffolding that looks more at home on an offshore fishing
runabout than on an expensive sailing craft. Don't get me wrong. Im not attacking the look of sport fishing
boats. They are built to purpose. Its just that stainless steel
scaffolding just doesn't look as attractive as it should on a designer
What is surprising is that good and attractive looking design options are just not available. I would have thought since solar is now dare I say, a must have add on that the sailboat design teams don't come up with an attractive after market product. Let alone something that is well designed into their newer boats.
is my boat of choice for good or bad. They have factory options now for solar to be added at the factory. But goodness gracious. What they offer as a solar solution is 5 year old panel technology thrown onto the back of the top of the cabin
roof. Wouldn't you thing that they would put some design effort into creating a cabin
roof extension that has built in max power wattage newest panel technology. My goodness if they exercised a little brain power they could have a product that would beat their competitors. Oh well. I suppose business these days isn't driven by obtaining competitive advantage through design as a way to increase market share. It is only companies like Apple that now how to do that.