The Odyssey: A Wind-Powered, Electric Eco-Boat
Imagine you are sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. All is well, it’s a clear day and the sailing is smooth; but then things start to change. Apparently you’ve passed through one of those rumored time warp areas within the triangle, and your little boat isn’t quite what it used to be. You now have a cross between an ancient warship and a modern yacht, with an eco twist.
Ok, maybe the Bermuda Triangle thing wouldn’t happen, but don’t knock the boat idea yet. Designer Jacky Wu has brought this very concept to light.
This brilliant, young designer has come up with a great eco-boat idea, called The Odyssey. Why is it so great? Well, this particular boat is all-electric and is modeled after ancient warships and modern yachts, with a catamaran inspired hull to remove drag. Big deal, you say? Yes, it is, and not because it is electric or combines ancient and modern designs.
The Odyssey can generate its electrical power via wind turbine sails. That’s right, as long as the wind is blowing, the ship will have power and the batteries will be charged. If it’s a calm day, that’s no problem either—the motor’s battery can be recharged by connecting the craft to a power source, as well.
Since this watercraft can be powered completely by renewable energy (wind), it easily makes the list for awesome eco-friendly items. Right now, the idea is still simply a concept (it has yet to be manufactured or brought to life), but any eco-minded boating company that doesn’t attempt to contact Wu is out of their mind.
By Heidi Marshall