Which Eco-Powered Yachts are the Best in the World?

July 28, 2014
Turanor PlanetSolar Yacht during a Miami visit - planetsolar.org

Turanor PlanetSolar Yacht during a Miami visit 2010 – planetsolar.org

Owning a yacht is one of the ultimate social symbols of being rich.  That’s because it takes a mind blowing amount of money to keep a yacht.  Among the upkeep cost is the cost of fuel.  The bigger yacht can blow through thousands of dollars an hour when operating.  Now there are a number of eco-friendly yachts being produced.  These utilize alternative fuels to both save the environment and the pocketbook.

Arcardia’s Superyacht

One such vessel is Arcardia’s solar powered superyacht.  This yacht is 85 feet long and big enough to house 8 people.  There are solar panels on the roof top that power all the on board amenities.  The yacht itself is powered by organic fuels and is capable of a top speed of 18 knots.  The engine room contains two 20 kilowatt generators to provide more power if needed.

Turanor PlanetSolar Yacht

Turanor PlanetSolar is a solar powered yacht.  There are 512 square meters of solar panels on the rooftop powering 6 separate blocks of batteries.  This yacht went all the way around the world in 20 months powered by nothing but the sun.

Columbus Sport Hybrid Yacht

The Columbus Sport Hybrid yacht uses a Toyota Prius hybrid engine for power.  It runs on electricity and diesel.  Using electricity the yacht can cruise quietly at 7.5 knots.  When more speed is needed it calls upon the diesel engines.  The ship has an aluminum hull.  This means less weight so the yacht is more efficient.  It has three first class cabins and an upper deck that holds 8 people comfortably.

Green Jet Yacht

The Green Jet Yacht is touted as the future of eco-friendly sailing.  It is powered by a sail system that is controlled by the push of a button.  When the sails are not being used, the yacht gets its power from a pair of hydrogen propulsion engines.  While using the sails this yacht has zero emissions and is 100% eco-friendly.

This new generation of yacht designed to be eco-friendly is a great.  It saves the environment and helps the owners spend less in fuel costs.  But don’t get your hopes up that this means yacht will be more affordable.

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