Slow Freight: Sail Power Doesn't Need a Cast of Thousands

Yesterday our post Slow Freight: Sail Power is Actually Faster Than Containerships Today asked the question: Is it time for a new age of sail?

Commenters noted that the labour requirements for sail were far too high to make it efficient. In response, Kris De Decker of Low-Tech Magazine, who normally "refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution", collected some of the slickest high-tech solutions on the planet.

Kris writes:

The Royal Clipper, a steel-hulled five masted cruise ship built in 2000 and inspired by the Pruessen (it is only slightly smaller), can be handled with a crew as small as 20, using powered controls. The Royal Clipper is the largest sailing ship in service today (although it does have auxiliary engines).

There may be lots of life in the sailboat yet. Read it all at Low-tech Magazine
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