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Sep 9, 2021

I drove a rare solar-electric yacht to test clean-sea propulsion, here’s how it went

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, solar power, sustainability, transportation

I recently set sail on Sunwater Marine’s Ramblin’ Rose, a 40-foot sailing yacht powered by solar panels and electric propulsion.


While we at Electrek often tend to focus on electric vehicles taking over roads, it’s important to remember that our inevitable abandonment of fossil fuels stems to all modes of transportation, whether it’s by land, air, or even the sea. I recently had the opportunity to set sail on Sunwater Marine’s Ramblin’ Rose, a 40-foot sailing yacht powered by solar panels and electric propulsion. It’s one of the only vessels of its kind on the West Coast.

It was founded by president James Richmond in 2,020 amid the global pandemic. Richmond had a little more free time to search for a boat for blue water cruising to which he could add solar.

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