It is proposed that a full scale experiment be carried out as soon as possible by fitting an existing commercial vessel with a practical number of simple easily-worked sails and then gathering with care, over a twelve-month period, appropriate data on wind direction and strength, sea state, ship speed and fuel consumption, man hours worked and cost of repairs and renewals to the sailing gear. Together with the original capital cost, this information should enable a financial appraisal of the benefit of auxiliary sail. It is the author's belief that, in a normal installation, the fuel savings achieved in one year while maintaining the ship's service speed will approximate half the capital cost of fitting the sailing gear. Even if this is too optimistic, the data will enable everyone to determine at what point, in relation to the price of fuel oil, auxiliary sail becomes financially viable.

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  • Pagination: 10p., incl. discuss.

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  • Accession Number: 00657918
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM