Originally Posted by StuM
ISTM that they are great for what they are designed for but "around the world" ain't it.
seaworthiness and realistic cruising speed/range are the two big problems.
Yes, I'm keen to hear some real-world results.
But a large number of sailboats traverse the seas - often at angles to their final destination
- at a SOG of 5-6 knots. I seem to remember from a YT video that this is a "forever" speed on solar
alone for at least one of the Silentwave. So IF
their figures are correct
, then your second point isn't really fair, unless you're comparing to the Volvo's or huge tri's sprinting at 30kn. Ignoring the cruising mantra that "gentleman don't go upwind", for some destinations 5-6kn SOG straight
at it will get you there far faster and easier than 5-6kn SOG on tacks and being blown around...