FIRST PACIFIC OCEAN CROSSING
Adventurer Ken'ichi Horie completed the first-ever solar-powered solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean on August 5 1996 after 138 days at sea.
left Ecuador in March, traveled past the Galapagos
Islands, Hawaii, and Japan's Ogasawara Islands before
reaching Tokyo five months later. His solar-powered
challenge had some tense moments: The boat's propeller
got tangled in fishing nets, his electric water
distiller broke down, and there were real dangers of the
boat being struck by lightning.
Photos: Horie waves as he sails into Tokyo in his solar boat. (KYODO)
Solarnavigator is an Autonomous robot ship with an extremely
efficient active hull. This ship is ideal as an oceanographic survey vessel due to its endurance capabilities, relatively high speed and low operating costs.
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