Solar Sal Survey

Solar Sal is a 44-foot off-grid solar electric watercraft that is ready to challenge the petroleum-powered establishment in several sectors. The patent pending prototype was designed by David Borton, a renewable energy expert, physicist and retired RPI professor. Equipped with a PV array and batteries, Solar Sal can cruise at approximately 6 knots indefinitely - until her engines breakdown or until the sun is extinguished. Solar Sal has a rich future as a passenger and freight transport, a weekend (or month-long) eco-getaway, and an all-around party or cruising boat. Preliminary engineering is complete: her most basic physical requirements have been converted into engineering drawings. Before moving forward, we seek your thoughts on Solar Sal's most likely future. Your insight will help us make the next set of design decisions. Please help Solar Sal go mainstream by taking this brief survey.

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* 1. Are you familiar with Solar Sal, the fully solar electric boat designed by David Borton?

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* 2. Have you taken a ride on Solar Sal?

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* 3. If you are familiar with Solar Sal, what if anything would you change?

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* 4. Do you think you would like to buy or rent Solar Sal? Under what circumstances?

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* 5. What does or would prevent you from boating more often than you do now?

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* 6. How "into" boats are you?

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* 7. How important is reducing your individual carbon footprint?

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* 8. In your opinion, which uses have the greatest commercial potential markets for Solar Sal? Rank each from 1 (lowest potential) to 5 (greatest potential.)

  1 2 3 4 5
Transportation / water taxi
Freight vessel
Personal cabin cruiser (like a party yacht)
Floating getaway / Tiny House
Fishing vessel
Tour boat
Other

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* 9. What would be the most important features to you personally of a commercially available Solar Sal?

  Least important Average importance Most important
Low price
Completely fossil free operation (no backup gas engine)
Quality/reliability/durability
Extremely low maintenance
Recognized brand
Quiet operation
Other

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* 10. If you could have a solar boat all to yourself for a week, either alone or with loved ones, where would it be?

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