I was looking at some fast ORMA based boats (60-70 ft racing
tris) and was hoping someone could shed some light on something. These are racing
boats, so why do they have inboard diesels? Seems like the weight and propeller
would have no place on this kind of boat?
Some of these boats are race
i.e. trans-pacific according to the article, then I noticed there are no solar panels
. Is this why they have inboards? Electricity generation? For power hungry autopilots?
I was thinking/hoping long range racing (i.e. trans ocean or circumnavigation) would rely more on solar panels
+ wind vane
? Why is this not a viable option?