An Alien-look Boat Hold Award as The Fastest Eco-Boat on Earth
Ady Gil is known to have a name called Earthrace. Ady Gil ever had the title as the world’s fastest eco-boat on earth. Yes, it is an eco-boat race, it means that this boat is environmentally friendly. Ady Gil only uses renewable energy. The fuel is a mixture fuel that obtained from animal fat, soybeans, vegetable oil for lubrications and other forms of biodiesel. It has the most alien-look boat ever made because the shape is very unusual and unique. Ady Gil was intended to be a record-breaking circumnavigation of the world by sea and by using renewable energy only. Ady Gil was designed by LOMOcean Design and the boat was constructing at Calibre boats in Auckland. The boat actually is a wave-piercing trimaran type. Wave-piercing means the buoyancy on the front of the hull is reduced in order to increasing the speed and can cleave the waves, while trimaran means it has multi hull consisting of a primary hull called vaka and two smaller hulls called amas that usually placed on each side of the primary hull.
Now, let’s talk about the boat specification. Besides using biodiesel fuel, Ady Gil has a 78-foot (24 meters) and equipped with twin 540 horse power Cummins Mercruiser diesel engines. It means this boat holds dual engines as the power to process the energy. Although the boat using 100% biodiesel fuel, but the engines of the boat can also be filled with other diesel fuels. The boat was designed by Craig Loomes Design Group Ltd and it cost about $1.25 million. This boat was led by a man named Pete Bethune from New Zealand. He explains, beside the purpose to break the record as the fastest boat in the world, Ady Gil also aims to showcase environmentally friendly technology to the public. As for example, it has a low-emission engine. Nontoxic antifouling and the hull design were made for efficiency. The design allows the boat can easily through the waves thus making it able to run faster.
As you can see on the picture above, Ady Gil only has a limited range of vision. We can see from its windows were the boat dimension is so small and narrow at the front of the ship. I wonder if it can help to view things out of the ship although the ship has been aided by sophisticated equipment.
Ady Gil was voyaging on the sea on February 24, 2006. It was planned to start the race through the sea on March 1, 2007. During the journey, Ady Gil has experienced several mechanical problems, it is also ever collided with Guatemalan fish boat and killed one of the crew members, lucky for Ady Gil crew member no one was injured or even killed. Ady Gil attempts the second race in 2008 although once again it has experienced several mechanical problems, but Ady Gil was successfully complete the race and return to Spain under 61 days on June 27, 2008. The previous winner was recorded within 74 days 20 hours 58 minutes and 30 seconds. It was achieved by the UK boat ‘Cable & Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998. In 2009, the boat was painted in black and participated in anti-whaling operations. During the mission in the Southern Ocean, Ady Gil was collided for the second time and this time it collided with Japanese whaling vessel MV Shonan Maru 2 on January 6, 2010. One of the Ady Gil crew members were injured. MV Shonan Maru 2 and Ady Gil blame each other for that incident. The government tried to investigate the incident but Ady Gil was sinking the next day after the accident.
Ady Gil has a racing driver's seat that looks amazing and comfort. However, we can see that the cockpit room look a bit cramped to use. Ady Gil has equipments and driving control which using advanced technology, so that the navigation and movement will be easier.
This is called bunkroom as we can see in the picture above. The bunkroom is a room for the crew to sleep or rest. The room looks small and narrow; this is because the room was adjusted to the size of the ship. We can see a variety of signatures on the wall of this vessel, whether the signatures were made by the crew of Ady Gil or by people from any parts of the world who visit the boat where the vessel has anchored.