CLEAN OCEAN PROJECT
Armed with a 530-page feasibility study that was authored by 70 scientists and engineers, Slat raised the funds needed to get the project in the water. His first prototype, which features a long, thin, floating barrier that is anchored to the seafloor, will measure only 100 meters long and will launch this year in the North Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. Plans are already underway to increase the barrier’s scale to 2,000 meters and deploy it near Tsushima Island, between Japan and South Korea later this year.
The program’s goal is to clean up 40 percent of the plastic debris floating within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next decade. With the assistance of 14 research vessels and aerial surveys, The Ocean Cleanup recently completed the so-called Mega Expedition, which will help draw a map of the plastic that is polluting the area. If the program is successful, the plan is to begin the eastern Pacific cleanup project as soon as 2020.
KADEY-KROGEN OPENS UP
One of the original tried-and-true bluewater builders, Kadey-Krogen Yachts, has relied on a consistent design approach since the late 1970s. The designs have never strayed from their mantra of building fuel-efficient, full-displacement hulls combined with traditional trawler lines. And while that formula isn’t changing, one thing is: For the first time, Kadey-Krogen Yachts is offering a new product line that forgoes the raised pilothouse design.
The new model is called the 50 Open, and it will feature a continuous elevation from the cockpit, all the way through to the pilothouse.
“For customers who have dreamt of a Kadey-Krogen with a walk-in engine room, Portuguese bridge, and a main deck layout that is continuous from saloon to pilothouse, their dream has come true,” says vicepresident and Kadey-Krogen Yachts partner Larry Polster.
Krogen’s ownership group is hoping that this new layout will appeal to a new segment of cruisers who prefer the more social layout of a sedan cruiser, but still want the seakeeping and fuel economies synonymous with the Kadey-Krogen brand.
One interesting note is that the interior design features a retractable partition wall just abaft the pilothouse for the option of privacy from the galley/saloon, or for