How do you work the economics? Square riggers and brigs with their extra sails and complex rigging need large crews. The Grain de Sail’s cutter rig using electric hoisting motors only needs a handful of sailors.
…and don’t forget the essential boom vang systems.
It is used to open the upper part of a triangular boomed sail. The flatness of boomless triangular sails is controlled by changing the position of the block, fore or aft.
This can be done with electric motors too.
Not a lot compared to VLCCs, or Mega Container Carrier maybe, but a lot of French cheese, wine, brandy and perfume can be carried.
Throw in some cars, boats, rolling stock and 12 Pax and you can fill a 5300 dwt. ship on a monthly sailing across the Atlantic:
PS> Not sure what they will carry on the return voyage.(??)
I wish them success but based on the projected time on the shortest leg of their itinerary, the schedule isn’t sustainable. We can compare their planned 1-day crossing time between Halifax and St Pierre to the times achieved in a race that’s run over that route every 2 years. The record for the fastest time is 30 hours. It’s held by world class racer Derek Hadfield in a 60-foot foiling carbon fiber monohull designed purely for speed and capable of reaching 30+ knots under ideal conditions.
I question whether their vessel fully laden with fragile cargo can come close to that on a regular run. Bottled wine especially doesn’t react well to being shaken or exposed to heat. They are going to need to pack it well and keep it cool in summer. And cut the BS.
From their website: “This mode of propulsion combined with a reduction in operating speed (a general trend in the world of shipping) at 11 knots, as planned by NEOLINE, allows to reduce the energy needed by half.”