I often dream of what I would do with a billion dollars. I’d probably try to save the world…from the bow of my carbon neutral luxury yacht, which can be propelled across the ocean in four different, green ways.
The amount of money people will spend on a boat never ceases to amaze me, and it’s hard not to be impressed by the staggering excess present on many of these boats. But while most yachts focus almost exclusively on luxury, Sauter Carbon Offset Design has penned a rather unique yacht design called the Ocean Empire LSV. Unlike many ships, the Ocean Empire can be powered by four different methods of propulsion, three of them 100% “green” (or as green as building an opulent yacht can be).
The 144-ft long Ocean Empire is covered front-to-back in solar panels, which can capture up to 70 kW of power from the sun alone. A Motion Dampening Regeneration system keeps the boat smooth in even the choppiest waters, and can reclaim another 50 kW of energy. As if that weren’t enough, a 861 sq-ft SkySail can be deployed to pull the ship to speeds of up to 18 knots. Should all that fail, there’s a Daimler BlueTec marine diesel engine to get you along to your destination. Lately, there seems to be a renewed interest in greening shipping, and I’ve so far been pleasantly surprised by what boating companies have come up with.
Oh, and there are also two hydroponic farms and fishing facilities, meaning your yacht is essentially a free-floating, self-sustaining isle o’ luxury, and it’ll only cost you $25 million, without the addition of optional naval defenses. It is basically a green, end-of-the-world boat, perfect for the inevitable zombie outbreak. Anybody want to go halfsies on one?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.