solar boat


I searched “solarpunk” on YouTube and this is one of the first things that showed up and honestly I love it and I want one.

Self-fuelled Energy Observer begins six-year journey

The $25 million catamaran, Energy Observer, has begun its six-year sail around the world, running on wind and solar power, and hydrogen generated from seawater through electrolysis.

Solar panels cover 130 square metres across the top of the ship, with two large wind turbines towards the rear. However, it is the electrolysis system that extracts hydrogen from seawater, stored in an onboard tank, that is the main innovation.

Expedition leader Jérôme Delafosse said, ‘When are we over-producing energy, when we have a lot of wind and sun, the idea was not to waste this energy and to just keep it on board. Hydrogen is the best way to do this because it’s very light and the efficiency of hydrogen is three times more than just fuel.’

Energy Observer will visit 50 countries across its six-year journey.

I made an impromptu, not to scale really, plan of The Echo!  I’m kind of both writing a silly fan fic in my head, but also thinking about combining it with the solar punk world I’m also working on for World Building June.

Anywho, The Echo is the “mother” ship of the Vayle Clan.  They are small but they are mighty (at least in their heads).  Captained by Benjhi Vayle, she was awarded this ship after courageous acts post Ravager battle.  She comes from Artemisia (the solar punk world I’m playing with), and was essentially cast out from her village for reasons she doesn’t like to talk about.  She was adopted into the Ravagers and blended in quite well.  Due to some of her past she has decided to make The Echo almost exclusively female identifying beings.  Although they are pirates, she still wants a safe place for outcasts she finds along the way to come and feel like they have a home.  Some stay for only a short while until they feel ready to leave, others stay with The Echo for the remainder of their lives (however long that may be, we are talking space pirates here).

Here’s a top down view of The Echo I posted the other day. As you can see, it’s looking like a hummingbird, innit?

  • Solar: Terms, if you can do all that stuff that Hwasa just listed off I will let you touch one boob.
  • Moonbyul: Both boobs!
  • Solar: Just one.
  • Moonbyul: Touch and squeeze.
  • Solar: Just touch.
  • Moonbyul: Touch and motor boat.
  • Solar: Just touch.
  • Moonbyul: Honka honka?
  • Solar: [Annoyed] Byul…
  • Moonbyul: Just touch.
  • Solar: Just touch.
  • Moonbyul: For one hour.
  • Solar: For one second!
  • Moonbyul: Twenty minutes, both boobs.
  • Solar: Thirty seconds, one boob.
  • Moonbyul: Four minutes, both boobs, three squeezes.
  • Solar: One minute, both boobs, one squeeze.
  • Moonbyul: Deal!

One has to wonder what Shia’s options are.

It’s pretty clear now that there is no stationary outdoor location on the planet he can leave his flag without it being found within 24 hours. He can’t put it on government property (obviously).

I’m gonna bet that the next protest is going to be mobile. Either he’s going to have a roving HWNDU truck of some sort, or he’s going to put the flag on a solar powered drone-boat with an internet connection.



SETH (/sɛθ/; also spelled Setesh, Sutekh, Setekh, or Suty) is a god of the desert, storms, disorder, violence and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. In Ancient Greek, the god’s name is given as Sēth (Σήθ). Set is not, however, a god to be ignored or avoided; he has a positive role where he is employed by Ra on his solar boat to repel the serpent of Chaos Apep. Set had a vital role as a reconciled combatant. He was lord of the red (desert) land where he was the balance to Horus’ role as lord of the black (soil) land. Set has also been classed as a Trickster deity who, as a god of disorder, resorts to deception to achieve bad ends.
portrayed by Charles Michael Davis


The Khufu ship which was buried within Khufu’s Pyramid Complex, Giza, Egypt. Dates to about 2650 BC.

The great surviving masterpiece of Old Kingdom shipbuilding is the funerary boat of Khufu, the builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza. […] The Khufu boat was found in a sealed pit next to the Great Pyramid at Giza. Originally there were five boats buried next to the pyramid, of which all but two had been removed in antiquity. The ship is built primarily of cedar, which must have been imported from Syria-Palestine. 

[…] The function of the vessel is still controversial. Some believe that is was a ‘solar’ boat, intended to take the dead king on journeys through the heaven with the sun. Others see it simply as the vessel which ferried the king from his residence to the tomb on his funeral day. Others would argue that it was a official vessel that had been used by the Pharaoh on ceremonial occasions. It is impossible to say whether any of the proposed uses would preclude any of the others -in other words, all these theories could be correct. Clearly these fine dimensions would rule out any possibility that it was anything other than a ceremonial vessel of some sort.

-Steve Vinson, Egyptian Boats and Ships.

Courtesy & currently located at the The Khufu Boat Museum at the Giza pyramid complex. Photo taken by kairoinfo4u.

GREECE, Corinth: The world’s largest solar-powered boat, “MS Turanor PlanetSolar” sails through the Corinth Canal near the town of Corinth on July 28, 2014. The boat arrived to Greece as part of a joint archaeological project focused on underwater exploration off one of Europe’s oldest human occupation sites, the Franchthi cave in the Argolid, southeast Peloponnese. The project is taking place in one of Greece’s richest archaelogical areas, the Argolid, known for its major palatial complexes in the Bronze Age that include Mycenae and Tiryns and later, classical-era city-states and sites like Argos and the ancient-theatre site of Epidaurus. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE GACHE

So, each day, having grown weak, old and tired, the sun god descended below the western horizon towards a great gateway called the ‘Swallow of All’ - the entrance to the Duat. There, he was met by jubilant followers and welcomed by baboons. The god and his entourage, many in their own boats, then sailed along a watery expanse called Wernes, a place of abundance, where people wore sheaths of corn in their hair. Those who approached the solar flotilla were assigned land and provisions by the sun god.

After the gods had navigated the Waters of Osiris, in the fourth hour of the night, the Duat’s landscape changed; the solar flotilla passed from a land of abundance and water to the dry desert cavern of Rostau in the 'Land of Sokar, who is on his sand.’ The path through this scorched landscape zigzagged and was interrupted by fire and gates. Winged snakes with legs traversed the sands and the solar boat itself was forced to transform into a snake to ease its movement (but even so, Re’s followers were still forced to drag it through the sands). n the fifth hour of the night, the solar boat entereed the Realm of the Dead, where Isis and Nephthys protected the burial mound of Osiris, and the Lake of Fire burned the enemies of order, while purifying those that had lived just lives. The waters of Nun flowed through this terrain, carrying those that had drowned and never received a proper burial. In the sixth hour of the night, the sola rboat approached a well brimming with the waters of the Nun. The sun god’s corpose, in the form of a beetle, lay in the water where it was united with Osiris. This was the key moment of the night; Osiris’s regenerative powers now energized the weakend sun god, providing him with the strength required to begin his journey to the eastern horizon. The kings of Egypt lined up to watch and Thoth healed the solar eye.

In the seventh hour of the night, Re protected by the Mehen-snake defeated his enemies. Set and Isis attacked the chaos snake, Apep, while others, aided by the scorpion goddess Serqet, tied his body down. Having quashed the proponents of disorder, the sun’s followers punished their enemies, and a snake-headed demon bound and beheaded the enemies of Osiris. The eighth hour now began, in which the victorious sun god provided garments for the (grateful) dead. Similarly, in the ninth hour, the sun provided cloth for the dead, while others brought grain to feed them. Here, too, the enemies of Osiris were punished, this time in a court of law.

With goddesses lighting the way, serpents upon their heads, in the tenth hour the solar boat arrived at ’[The one] with deep water and high banks’. Inhabiting a rectangular pool of water, those that had drowned were saved by Horus, who provided them with a proper afterlife. In the eleventh hour, the gods prepared for the sun god’s rebirth at the eastern horizon and the enemies of Re were annihilated, some immersed in pits of fire. Isis and Nephthys, in the form of snakes, took royal crowns to the city of Sais and a snake, called 'the world encircler,’ rejuvenated the sun. The gods now entered the body of this world-encircling snake, marking the onset of the twelfth and finale hour of the night. Elderly figures dragged the solar boat through the snake’s body, emerging from its mouth as newborn children. Dawn arrived and Khepri, the solar beetle, rejuvenated and young, flew towards the sky, raised up by the god Shu, who duly closed the Duat’s gates behind him. The sun rose over the twin lion Ruty, and a new day began.

- pp125 - 128, “The Sun’s Nightly Journey,” The Egyptian Myths by Garry J Shaw

Comment: Okay, so. This actually helped me a lot to understand my own experiences in the unseen and also gave me a kind of generalized guide as to where I was at any given moment. Dunno if this will help you in the same way, thetwistedrope. The author goes on to say that looking to the books of the afterlife, such as the Amduat, the Book of Gates, and the Book of the Earth may be more helpful.


Ray Manzarek

“We’re going to take a little ride on the Solar Boat
Bring your scepter, bring your thunderbolt
We’ll see the eye in the canopy, the Morning star
The edge of the void, it’s not too far
We’ll see the source of the Nile, which is in Tibet
And maybe, we’ll see the Shanghai Express”