A few years after mechanical engineer Carter Quillen bought the 50-foot concrete sailboat Ketch du Jour, he changed the vessel’s name to the Archimedes.
For one thing, Quillen had replaced the masts with solar panels, so the Ketch was no longer a ketch (a two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat).
“I was looking for a name that had some symbolism,” Quillen said. “Archimedes was an innovator. He was the first engineer and a thought leader of his time. He mixed technology with intellectualism. I wanted to follow his path of innovation. We’re due for some change.”
That change is toward energy independence, and the tool is solar power.
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