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Cap Erict3 29-07-2016 21:28

Solar Sails

For the max solar area on a sailboat.

SV DestinyAscen 29-07-2016 22:06

Re: Solar Sails
The technology is certainly awesome, but I'm really dubious about putting expensive electricity generating panels that are supposed to last basically the lifetime of your ownership on sails. Also I wonder if it'll discourage people from reefing early.

If the technology is there, I'd almost expect monohulls to come out of the boatyard with shaped panels along the hull in a couple of years.

Cap Erict3 29-07-2016 22:32

Re: Solar Sails
Reading some of the testing done, they were reefed the majority of the time due to inclement weather and removed the panels when the sails were down to use at anchor.

Early stages of small boat development but I thought it might interest those looking for quiet power.

dlymn 30-07-2016 13:19

Re: Solar Sails
people are trialling panels to go on roads. if they were non slip, they might be good on decks

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