From Hawaii to Japan using only the power of the waves

March 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

Japanese yachtsman Kenichi Horie, decided to go from Hawaii (Honolulu Harbor) to Japan in a 7,000 km (4,400 miles) journey on the deck of his wave-powered boat Suntory Mermaid II, Reuters reported. His catamaran-like boat has two wings in front that will convert energy using the vertical motion of the waves in a movement similar to a dolphin’s kick.

wave powered catamaran boat From Hawaii to Japan using only the power of the waves

This is how the 69 years old Japanese got the idea of building his boat.

“Twenty years ago while sailing, an accident broke my main mast which actually fell in the sea. The boat kept rocking and I thought how great it would be to actually harness the power of those waves to push the boat forward.”

Horie mentioned that the idea of taking this journey is to make people aware of his invention and the fact that we can enjoy a really “green” travel solution. The boat, which was built by a team of Japan’s Tokai University, is going its reach destination port of Hino, after two and a half months. It is as fast as the human walking pace, he said.

We can only wish him luck and no whales incidents or something similar.

suntory mermaid ii horie kenichi From Hawaii to Japan using only the power of the waves