Seacharger - an autonomous solar powered boat

Image Credit: Seacharger http://www.seacharger.com/

Image Credit: Seacharger http://www.seacharger.com/

Californian, Damon McMillan has built an autonomous solar-powered boat called the Seacharger that completed a crossing from the California coast to Hawaii arriving on 22 July 2016. The ‘home-made’ craft is about 2.5 meters long and has a mass of just over 22.5 kg. It completed the 3900km journey in 41 days, travelling at an average speed of 2.11 knots or 1.09m/s. It is powered by two solar panels with battery storage. Damon can communicate with the boat using two-way satellite modem.

The boat was re-launched from Hawaii a few days later to travel onto New Zealand.

Seacharger being relaunched from Hawaii on 27 July 2016. Image Credit: Seacharger http://www.seacharger.com/

Seacharger being relaunched from Hawaii on 27 July 2016. Image Credit: Seacharger http://www.seacharger.com/

At the Seacharger website you can see the full specifications of the boat, find out how it is navigated and follow the tracking map that is updated every eight hours.