The world's largest solar boat, a catamaran called Turanor, reached New York City Monday afternoon, docking at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan at about 5 p.m. New York is the boat's sixth stop in a trans-Atlantic expedition that began in March in the south of France.
The boat's upper decks are covered in 5,554 square feet of solar paneling. The photovoltaic cells get Turanor up to an average speed of 5 knots (5.57 miles per hour), with a maximum speed of 14 knots (16.1 miles per hour). Turanor is large enough to carry 60 people on board, including four crew members, in six cabins.
Built in Germany and designed by New Zealand design firm Craig Loomes, Turanor was finished in 2010. On May 4 last year, the catamaran completed a 37,000-mile trip around the world over 584 days—its maiden voyage and the longest it has done to date.