VIDEO: An Energizing Challenge


Monaco is known for its racing, although it’s usually Formula 1 cars. For the last five years, the Yacht Club de Monaco has hosted a very different sort of race. Called the Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, the race promotes the use of renewable and clean energies in boats. This year’s racing got underway July 12-14 on the Mediterranean Sea.

There are many different races and class categories, including a sexy runabout that can nearly top 30 knots, a fleet of ultralight trimarans and catamarans and a handful of foiling craft. This video shows some of the boats in action.

A wide variety of hybrid and electric boats have hit the recreational market over the years, but only a handful have enjoyed widespread commercial success. The Yacht Club de Monaco hopes to change that by showcasing the advancement of technologies for electric-powered boats. You can find out more about the event by clicking here



Donut Boats

Electric-powered, donut-shaped rental boats with names such as Glazed And Confusedand Sprinklesthis month hit the Lake Union waterfront in Seattle, Washington. The boats have long been popular in Europe but are new in the United States.


VIDEO: Flipping Out

One of the most momentous events in a cold-molded sportfish boat’s life is when the builder flips the hull from upside-down to right-side-up. Watch as a crane makes easy work of turning over a 63-foot Paul Mann Custom Boats sportfish hull.


VIDEO: A six-year, zero-emission voyage

Packed to the brim with sophisticated, renewable energy systems, Energy Observer – a zero-emission catamaran – has made the first of 101 stops around the globe in Paris, France.


VIDEO: Crab Crisis: Chesapeake Crab Houses Facing Worker Shortage

Crab cakes, crab imperial and crab dip are just a few of the blue crab specialties you’ll find at seafood restaurants and on home menus around the Chesapeake Bay region. Those tasty dishes may be challenging to find this year — or cost you more money — because of a shortage of immigrant workers.


Cow Hair What?

Anyone who’s been around wooden boat building knows about using oakum or cotton to seal the spaces between wood planks. But cow hair? You just have to see it to believe it


VIDEO: Thrills and spills

Cocktail Class boats might be small, but they pack a fun and powerful punch.


VIDEO: “Lava Bomb” Injures 23 On Hawaiian Tour Boat

A tour boat navigating around a coastal lava flow in Hawaii this week was struck by a large chunk of lava, injuring 23 people. The basketball-size rock punctured the boat’s roof and covered its deck with volcanic debris


VIDEO: Ready, Set, GO!

Just how fast can a lobster boat go? Head up to Maine and see for yourself, or watch this video.