Last night I watched a show on travel channel about the world's best mega yachts. I've seen such shows before and occasionally look through some of the impossibly expensive yacht magazines for ideas on systems and such for my one day not-so-mega yacht.
One thing I noticed last night is that none of the vessels shown had solar panels
. Then it occurred to me that none of the ones in the schmancy dance magazine have them either.
Now I realize that the people buying
such vessels are less than worried about the cost of fuel
, but I can't help but wonder, why would you forgo free electricity?
Most of these boats have huge swaths of flat roof space that is unusable for anything else, so it seems strange not to get something out of it, especially considering the mass of electronics
and toys on board.
For me I would look at it if anything else as a survival issue -- even if I'm in the middle of the Atlantic and ever other mechanical stopped at least I'd be able to have radio
, and bilge
pumps until help or a tow arrived.