Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The "Have Blue" Project

I have been following up on my recent post regarding installing an Solomon Technologies ST-74 engine powered by fuel cells in a Catalina 42. My first confession is that I did not realize just how old these posts were having been “bumped” by some bloggers who were obviously interested. I also discovered that there was a “Have Blue” project at Lockheed. It was a precursor to the F-117 aircraft. Apparently two Have Blue planes were built and tested at Groom – a.k.a. Area 51. Not our "HaveBlue" but interesting trivia. I got in touch with Solomon Technologies. Their answer to my inquiry was: “The boat you speak of was a collaborative project between Haveblue, a hydrogen fuel cell organization, promoting alternative energy and contributing manufacturers/suppliers. The project was halted a few years ago and the contributed products returned to the original manufacturers.” I looked up Have Blue on the internet. What I did not find was an active company or organization pushing fuel cell/electric drive technology for auxilary power for sailboats. I did find a reference to http://www.haveblue.com/ a web site that simply says “This web site is closed.” In searching the forums of the Catalina 42 owners association I did find references to the project from 2004. Apparently Catalina Yachts loaned a Catalina 42 to HaveBlue for the test. You can read the posts at http://catalina42disucssionforum.yuku.com/ Do a search on “have blue” (with the quotes or you will get lots of hits for blue dodgers! ) So, for the moment I will consider this one closed.

Crash!

It has been raining most of the last three days. Everything is slippery. It is well known among cruisers that falling down the companionway ...