Boats

  • The bleeding edge of sailing technology

    I just sat down to peruse the Times and found this very interesting article describing some of the technologies being used in competitive sailing. To be sure, many of these have been around for years, but they’re being advanced every year and pushed to the limit by integration with onboard computers and all that. Hinged sails? Hundreds of embedded stress sensors? We are still talking… Read More

  • Ten-person boat features built-in grill

    Summer, much like Karma Chameleon, comes and goes. It comes and goes. And I’ll be damned if this past summer came and went with few (if any) of us wiling away the hours in a circular boat with a built-in grill. Read More

  • Gilded Age: Royal Caribbean's Oasis ship will be largest ever

    How’s this for unnecessary [faux] luxury: Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” will be the largest ship to every float on water, coming in at 1,180 feet long and weighing a cool 220,000 tons. All that, just to parade around 5,400 n’er-do-wells. And while you’re struggling to make sense out of your everyday expenses, know that Royal Caribbean spent $1.24… Read More

  • Speedboats go solar

    It’s like something out of a James Bond movie, if Bond were more of a hippie, but it’s cool. It’s a solar-powered speedboat, completely covered in solar panels to provide power. Using just the sun, the boat can reach speeds of 30knots (35mph), a decent clip for a luxury speedboat. It’s just a prototype right now, but as oil gets more and more expensive you can bet… Read More

  • Man builds rad trimaran sailboat in yard, now it's stuck there

    We’re all for DIY, sometimes when you want to do something right you have to do it yourself and all that. You should plan ahead though. Don’t be like this Brit who spent five years hand-building a dream yacht only to find when it was completed it was too large to move from his yard. Oops indeed. The trimaran yacht looks badass, sure, but until he can afford a crane and truck… Read More

  • The Volitan Flying Fish: Badassery on the high seas

    Taking a cue from airplanes and X-wing fighters, the Flying Fish is a new eco-friendly design for sailboats. It’s wind and solar powered, using its extendible solid sails to collect the rays as well as harness the wind. This dual-energy attack makes this super-fast, super-slick boat almost totally self-sufficient. When I’m done taking over the world, this is the boat I’m going… Read More