At boat show: solar yacht

Visitors to the 49th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will find several exhibitors with a 'green' tint to their products and services.

One is the Island Pilot DSe Hybrid, a 39-foot motoryacht that combines solar, diesel and electric power in a livable family cruiser.

The boat's catamaran hull may look familiar to some South Florida residents: it's the same SWATH design used on the Nekton fleet of dive boats docked at Port Everglades. The Island Pilot makes up to six knots using only its six-kilowatt solar array.

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