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Turanor Solar Yacht

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Largest solar-powered boat in the world to attempt historic voyage.

The Turanor is a 98-foot catamaran powered by an array of solar panels large enough to cover two tennis courts. There are big plans for this futuristic craft; next spring it will attempt a circumnavigation of the planet. According to the vessel's skipper, the purpose of the mission is to prove that "we have the technology right now to change how we do things." In other words, this......read more

Whale War Collision

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Anti-whaling speedboat destroyed in collision with whaling vessel.

[Update] Here's some more footage from another angle. (Via Dot Earth) Photo by JoAnne McArthur of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society...read more

Vermont Sail Freight Project

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Anchors away! This boat is sailing the Hudson with fifteen tons of groceries

The Vermont Sail Freight Project is up and running, delivering fresh farm-to-table goods over 300 miles down the Champlain-Hudson waterway to Manhattan, the Hudson Valley, and points between. In April the project reached its $15,000 Kickstarter goal and founding farmer Erik Andrus set to work building a 39-foot sail barge named Ceres (after the Roman goddess of agriculture). Farm advocacy group......read more

Pia Riverola: Formentera

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A young Spanish photographer takes a summer boat journey to the Balearic Islands

In popular culture, Ibiza will forever be known for as the hedonistic rave center in the Mediterranean, the place where Brits go to party in the sun. That's how we think of it, anyway. But there are quieter spots in the Balearic Islands, as we discovered from these lovely film photos by Pia Riverola. Shot on a sunny boat journey in and around the island of Formentera, which sits next to Ibiza,......read more

A Year on the Road: Three Men in a Boat

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A gentlemen's boating adventure in Cape Cod

It all started with a conversation and a spur of the moment trip to Cape Cod. Late into the night, over a few stiff Manhattans, a group of close friends and I planned the next morning. We would begin early; earlier than late-night scotch and revelry typically allows. Bleary eyed but excited we arrived on the shore a few hours later, greeted by high tide and a thin mist of rain. I started shooting......read more

Around the World in an Eco-Powered Yacht

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In prestigious Vendee Globe sailing race, Javier Sanso's boat relies on the power of wind, water and sun

From Mother Nature Network's Jim Motavalli: I’m not a Kennedy—I don’t sail. I get seasick in anything more challenging than a kiddie pool. And yet I’m fascinating by the Vendée Globe, a round-the-world solo yachting race now underway, with the competitors currently battling it out at the halfway point in the Southern Ocean, on the way to a big finish in......read more

Sweet Pea, a Built Green Houseboat by Affordable Floating Homes

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This tiny floating dwelling is big on sustainability

Founded last year in Olympia, Washington, Affordable Floating Homes aims to provide "small footprint, high quality interurban living at an affordable price without developing more land," according to owner Mike Auderer's mission statement on the company's Facebook page.  The new company's first build -- and Auderer's current domicile -- is called "Sweet Pea" due to its green exterior. It's......read more

Solar-Powered Boat Circumnavigates the Globe

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Boat's captain hopes to inspire new solutions to combat climate change

In September of 2010, the Tûranor PlanetSolar left its mooring in Monaco with the intent of becoming the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe. Last Friday, May 4, the 115-foot long catamaran fulfilled its mission when it returned to the same harbour to the delight of its crew and onlookers. "The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is much more than a ship," Immo Stroeher, the the......read more

Glowbelly Steamboat

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Tan Lun Cheak's dual purpose table lamp/food cooker.

Is Singaporean designer Tan Lun Cheak a mindreader? Just the other day we were thinking about how if all products should had at least two distinct functions, then the world would need half as much stuff. Then today we stumbled upon a Dezeen post about the Glowbelly Steamboat, Cheak's table lamp slash hot pot. Made of glass, the components of the lamp can be reconfigured to form a......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-22-10

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Weekly links: Prop 23, boats turned into buildings, and why all architecture is becoming green.

SHFT honchos Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer spoke to Huff Post about Prop 23. "It's about our future, period," said Peter. "Are oil companies defending their hold on our addiction? Of course they are. They'll do whatever they can to prevent clean tech from growing. That's what Prop 23 is all about." California, stand up! Vote NO on Prop 23. For whatever......read more

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