Buy a share in world’s first solar-powered houseboat for $200,000
Making plans to travel around the world? Well, how about in the world’s first solar-powered houseboat. If this looks like an interesting offer to you, North Turramurra’s Tim Knox, owner of a luxury houseboat is looking for investors to come in and help him take the solar-powered vessel around the globe. Dubbed Mothership, the vessel combining luxury with practicality is powered by sun through 16 solar panels a small back-up diesel generator. The propellers are driven by the equivalent of 40HP electric motors that is specially designed for marine conditions. The motor gets its power from 2 banks of 9 batteries. The stored energy in the batteries will provide enough power to run the motors at cruising speed for 6 hours. If needed, diesel generator can be switched on.
Mr Knox has designed the luxury boat all by himself and now is hoping that investors will show interest to his travelling offer. He is looking for three investors for the boat and has kept the fourth spot for himself. Each investor will have to shell a hefty amount of $200,000 to book his place on the hybrid vessel. The deal will let the owners use the boat during the weekends, whereas during the week it can host corporate events, weddings, small dinner parties or other events. The earnings will provide an income and pay for the berthing and maintenance of the boat.