Fastest Eco Boat in the World Made With Hemp

by Kristoffer James on October 8, 2008

Built in New Zealand and valued at $3 million, Earthrace is the world’s fastest eco-boat. In fact, it broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe by almost 14 days when it completed the journey in 60 days, 23 hours, and 49 minutes. Cooler still: it’s hull is made of hemp. As BVI Platinum reports:

Earthrace, which runs on 100% biodiesel, is the first boat in the world to use hemp composite. This is visible on the floor of the helm. Hemp is renewable, unlike carbon and Kevlar, and is strong and versatile enough for medium impact protection.

The hull shape is extremely efficient, reducing fuel consumption compared with conventional craft.

During construction, Earthrace used a number of recycled products (such as ice cream containers) collected from local Schools. In exchange, the team provided the schools with discarded MDF and pine to use in their woodworking departments.

Now if only Earthrace was powered by hemp and used hemp biofuel instead of regular biodiesel, we’d really have a reason to get excited. But you can find out more about the Earthrace at www.earthrace.net.

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