Cornfield Cruisin'

Feel the wind, sail the road! Some things in this world can’t help but make you smile, and the new Pterosail is one of them. The brainchild of John MacTaggart, an alumnus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the Pterosail (think “terra-sail”) is a recumbent tricycle that combines wind, sun and muscle power to create the ultimate in “green” transportation.In July, MacTaggart set out on a
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
cornfieldcruising.interior

Feel the wind, sail the road! Some things in this world can’t help but make you smile, and the new Pterosail is one of them. The brainchild of John MacTaggart, an alumnus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the Pterosail (think “terra-sail”) is a recumbent tricycle that combines wind, sun and muscle power to create the ultimate in “green” transportation.

In July, MacTaggart set out on a 3,000-mile voyage from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, to prove the effectiveness of his craft—which includes a solar panel for charging things like his cell phone and a custom tent that is held up by the trike’s mast when camping out. Check out a video of the Pterosail in action below.




____________________________________________

Related

anchor

Know how: Ground Tackle

Your ground tackle is like a relationship—the more you care for it, the longer it will last. So, how do you enhance the relationship? First up, think of the accommodations—a damp, salt-rich, often warm environment, just the kind of thing to encourage corrosion. What can be done? ...read more

DSC_7522

Boat Review: Beneteau Oceanis 46.1

The Beneteau sailboat line has long represented a kind of continuum, both in terms of the many models the company is offering at any given moment and over time. This does not, however, in any way diminish the quality of its individual boats. Just the opposite. Case in point: the ...read more

shutterstock_1016585167

Cruising: Memories Made by People You Meet

Steve greeted my boyfriend, Phillip, and me as soon as we tied Plaintiff’s Rest, our 1985 Niagara 35, up to his dock on one of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. He was tall, cheerful and clad in a hodge-podge of clothes one might wear to paint a house: oversized, grungy and old. ...read more

_98A7540

Cruising: Dogs Afloat

We dog owners understand the general expectations of ourselves in public places, like picking up after Fido and keeping him on a leash. There are, however, certain places where additional unspoken rules or expectations may apply—as in harbors or marinas. If you sail with your ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com Log the glass  A week ago I set out after breakfast on a 50-mile passage. The day’s forecast via the internet was for 14-18 knots. It never happened, and I spent the entire trip adjusting my genoa ...read more

African-Batik-Green-hires

Gear: The Wonderbag

A Wondrous Bag Cruising sailors are always on the lookout for energy-efficient ways to prepare food, so this new take on the slow-cooker principle should prove popular. The Wonderbag is an insulated jacket that keeps food hot (or cold) for many hours and, according to the ...read more