Hidden away in a California workshop, a team of French sailors is prepping for a shot at a world speed record for sailboats.
It's been about two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast, and we all learned how far behind our cleanup technology really was. Protei, a sailboat that mops up oil, could be the answer needed.
A couple days ago we wrote about that badass space-fighter attack boat thing, and we mentioned that it uses "supercavitating technology" to help reduce hull friction. Supercavitation works on bigger boats, too, and a new generation of cargo ships will use lots of little bubbles to improve their fuel efficiency by 25%.
It'll be a bad day to be a pirate if Juliet Marine finds any takers for their "Ghost" high-speed attack boat. It's got jet engines, a heavy weapons payload, and it can somehow raise itself up out of the water to pounce on unwary buccaneers.
During the 1980s, the Kiev was the flagship of the Soviet Navy. At almost 1,000 feet long, it carried over 30 aircraft, as well as an arsenal of heavy missiles like a cruiser. China bought the Kiev in the late 90s, and it'll be relaunching at the end of this month, but as a luxury hotel instead of a warship.
We love water toys with interesting propulsion systems, and the new MIG 675 cruiser will certainly fit the bill. It will reportedly produce its own fuel by using an onboard generator to harvest hydrogen directly from the seawater itself.
I don't know what the point of having a boat is if you can't drive it on land. I mean, there's just so much cool stuff to do on land, what with swimming pools and aquariums and water parks and such. All of these problems are now solved with with the Iguana: a boat with retractable tank treads.
Sixty miles an hour may be an easy speed to reach in a car, but if you're in a boat, sixty is damn fast, even if you have a very powerful motor pushing you along. Sailrocket can hit sixty no problem, and it doesn't have any motor at all, just a sail and the wind.
When a regular boat just won't do, you have to get creative. We're guessing that's what happened with this incredible hammock boat. That's right, hammock + boat…sheer awesomeness.
There's a lot of fresh water stored up at the poles. In fact, Antarctica by itself contains about 70% of the Earth's entire fresh water supply. So it's not too crazy to think about maybe chopping some of that off and shipping it to thirsty people in Africa, right? Or maybe it is crazy, but a new simulation shows that it might actually work.