After the loss of our Sean Seamour II between Cape Hatteras and Bermuda last May 7th I was in quandary to define what Sean Seamour III should be (see on this blog Final Log , en Français Le Récit).
My wife Mayke had long insisted that we should have a silent boat (no
diesel engine to smell or hear) and a catamaran for it offers a stable
platform. I had long insisted that we would never have a boat that
could not right itself from a 180°. After the events of May 7th,
moving to a Catamaran is no longer a debate, on the other hand, silent
clean propulsion remains both her desire and my curiosity.
Living on the Mediterranean where wind is
either overly abundant or non existent (sailing to Corsica is often
motoring there), we opted for a Nauticat 33 motorsailor. A stable
platform with a deep keel, decent sailing performance with its extended
ketch rig, foremost, a great platform to experiment its transformation
into a diesel-electric hybrid as a first step before, we hope a fuel
cell electric drive as these energy generation technologies mature.
Through our new GreenBoat BateauVert website we would like to share our ideas, trials and
tribulations, as well as create an interactive repository of knowledge
and references on the state of the art and where it may be going.
Please don’t hesitate to share and contribute, we are all breaking
In the months ahead we will be looking at
all the facets of going green. This means breaking down the technology
blocks constitutive of a green system, looking at who and what is
present and or emerging. We will study the performance and suitability
for our project. We are also keeping a sharp eye on new technologies in
related areas in an effort to see when and if technology migration, or
perhaps we should use the term crossover, may come to benefit green
boat adventures where ever they may be.
We have already laid foundations at www.greenboatbateauvert.com and hope players from all horizons will come
and join our Green Boat Adventure, manufacturers and inventors, system integrators
and installers, yards and craftsmen-mariners like us.