WOW-POW = World Of Wonderful POWer: Wave powered boat USA to Japan in 109 days!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wave powered boat USA to Japan in 109 days!

109 days after departing from Hawaii on the world’s longest voyage in a wave-powered boat, 69-year-old Japanese sailor Kenichi Horie arrived in Japan.

Sailing the wave-powered Suntory Mermaid II, the 6,400-kilometer (nearly 4,000 mi) journey, took 5 to 6 weeks longer than originally planned. Taking in to account this trip can ordinarily be completed by a diesel-powered boat in about 10 days - it's no speedboat.

The Suntory Mermaid II is a 9.5 meter (31 ft) long x 3.5 meter (11 ft) wide, 3-ton vessel made of recycled aluminum, does not use an engine for propulsion. Instead, it relies on a pair of fins under the bow that move up and down as the waves come in, propelling the boat forward.