The solar boat Ra has docked in Fort Myers on its 6,000 mile “adventure powered by the sun.” Captain Jim Greer and crew are taking the solar powered vessel around the Great Loop of the United States while filming the entire journey.
I went down to see the boat this evening and snapped a few pictures of the Ra. It looks like a boat equipped for an adventure, outfit with 15 solar panels and a cockpit perfect for viewing the scenery along the way. I’m hoping to meet the crew tomorrow and learn more about the inner workings of the solar energy system. I get so many requests about solar panels on boats in Southwest Florida, and with my off-grid and mobile solar experience, I figure this could be a great opportunity to offer more services to area boaters. I’d love to learn anything I can from the Ra crew.
The boat is propelled by dual Torqeedo electric outboard motors, a 14 module solar array, and a dedicated battery bank for propulsion. The house battery for other power needs are charged from a separate solar panel. While it won’t beat any speed records, it appears to be a well thought out design, possibly with room for more solar production capacity in the future.
Check back tomorrow, hopefully for more pictures and inside information!
More info about the project: http://www.thesolarodyssey.com