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Homes where you can live under the sea

Homes where you can live under the sea

Underwater hideouts may be the domain of James Bond villains and Gerry Anderson's Stingray puppets but people in the real world are also dreaming about living at the bottom of...

03 Sep 2014 Thunderbird 2

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These Dudes Made a Boat Out of Plastic Bottles… Now They Are Sailing Over 500 Miles!

These Dudes Made a Boat Out of Plastic Bottles… Now They Are Sailing Over 500 Miles!

Jan Kara, 22, a student, and mechanic Jakub Bures, 21, like many of us, are tired of seeing pollution all around the world. In their Czech town of Nymburk, the duo...

20 Aug 2014 Thunderbird 2

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A superyacht-friendly submersible

A superyacht-friendly submersible

Tired of being told that the recreational submersible you want is too tall to fit into your superyacht? Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx knows how you feel and is launching...

05 Aug 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Life-Saving Luxury Raft Turns Sea Water into Drinking Water

Life-Saving Luxury Raft Turns Sea Water into Drinking Water

Dangers of the ocean are well documented: sharks, storms with gargantuan waves, seasickness and, if one’s boat has sunk, swimming for shore through a mine field of stinging jellyfish or...

15 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Turkish team set to compete in Volvo Ocean Race

Turkish team set to compete in Volvo Ocean Race

A group of young dashing racers are training and going through their paces in Lisbon’s harbor these days. There is sun, good wind and a magnificent boat to sail –...

06 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Suspension-packing 2Play catamaran smooths out rough seas

Suspension-packing 2Play catamaran smooths out rough seas

Water may seem soft enough when you're in a bathtub full of the stuff, but as anyone who has smacked across the waves in a speeding motorboat knows, it can...

02 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Brilliant Boats in Superyacht Magazine

Brilliant Boats in Superyacht Magazine

An article about  us in Superyacht magazine. CLICK HERE to download the PDF version.

16 Apr 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Brilliant Boats' Thunderbird 2

Brilliant Boats' Thunderbird 2

An article about our Thunderbird 2 in Yachts International magazine, April 2014 issue. CLICK HERE to download the PDF version.

16 Apr 2014 Thunderbird 2

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The Mast Walk

The Mast Walk

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28 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Watch a large ship getting deformed from the inside in a heavy storm

Watch a large ship getting deformed from the inside in a heavy storm

On the left, a ship in a heavy storm as seen from the deck, going through giant waves. On the right, a ship in a heavy storm seen from a...

26 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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The Flying Phantom: US$40k sailboat levitates two feet above the waves

The Flying Phantom: US$40k sailboat levitates two feet above the waves

“It’s like removing the handbrake – suddenly everything gets smoother and faster in pure silence.” This gravity-defying US$40k catamaran rises completely out of the water at speed on a pair...

11 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Amphibious trimaran is made for more than just water

Amphibious trimaran is made for more than just water

Here's one you might not have heard before ... Whaddaya get when cross a hovercraft, an airboat and a pontoon boat? Give up? An ATASD, or Amphibious Trimaran with Aerostatic...

24 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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5 security measures that every yacht owner should take

5 security measures that every yacht owner should take

Sailing the open seas can be one of the most thrilling endeavors that anyone takes on, however even the most experienced sailor will warn you about the great risk that...

19 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2 has launched in Antalya Free Zone, Turkey! Brilliant Boats and BB Yacht are proud to announce the launch of Thunderbird 2. Fans of Gerry Anderson will understand immediately what this...

03 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Discovery Channel: Superyachts (5 episodes)

Discovery Channel: Superyachts (5 episodes)

The Discovery Channel visited some superyacht builders in the Netherlands and give some insights of the high quality superyacht building. Here are five of six episodes. Enjoy!   Balk Shipyard {youtube}vM6qt_hd9E8|700|450{/youtube} Hakvoort {youtube}T4ozSE_meFM|700|450{/youtube} Vripack 1 {youtube}i2ez55KJRfQ|700|450{/youtube} Vripack 2 {youtube}oOze8e65--k|700|450{/youtube} Icon Yachts {youtube}IwjwvlI3jwM|700|450{/youtube}

16 Jan 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Wokart: The 70 km/h go-kart for the water

Wokart: The 70 km/h go-kart for the water

The Wokart is a featherweight asymmetric catamaran with a centrally-located 70 hp outboard motor that's designed to have the driving characteristics and low power-to-weight of a go-kart. The automotive seating and...

10 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Rolls Royce to design ship that carries fish as passengers

Rolls Royce to design ship that carries fish as passengers

Building a ship to carry fish as passengers may seem like a phenomenal case of missing the point, but Rolls-Royce has signed a £5.8 million (US$9.5 million) contract to design...

09 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Emma Maersk was dethroned as the world's largest seafaring vessel this morning when this ship, longer than the Empire State Building, left its dry dock in South Korea for...

06 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves

Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves

Underwater accommodations seem to have become a trend among hotels in recent years, but a resort off the coast of Tanzania is now putting a unique spin on the concept. The Manta...

21 Nov 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Stunning night images of a nuclear ice breaker in the middle of nowhere

Stunning night images of a nuclear ice breaker in the middle of nowhere

Sergey Dolya took some incredible photos in an expedition to the North Pole on board a RussianArktika-class nuclear ice breaker. In the words of Buzz Aldrin, "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation." By the...

08 Nov 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Jet Capsule Miniature Luxury Yacht

Jet Capsule Miniature Luxury Yacht

Although by definition, it’s not technically a yacht, the Jet Capsule aims to bring the same luxury experience on the water (with family and friends) through a much smaller, more maneuverable solution. Designed...

24 Oct 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Costa Concordia operation could spew toxic soup of rotting food and chemicals into sea

Costa Concordia operation could spew toxic soup of rotting food and chemicals into sea

There are fears that the operation could pollute the pristine waters of Giglio, the Italian island where the ship capsized last year. The Costa Concordia was at the start of a week-long cruise...

16 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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World's largest solar-powered boat cruises into London

World's largest solar-powered boat cruises into London

It is one of the most iconic ports in the world, the dramatic backdrop to everything from ancient Roman sailing ships to World War Two military vessels and gas-guzzling speedboats. Now...

09 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Billionaire death race: inside America's Cup and the world's most dangerous sailboat

Billionaire death race: inside America's Cup and the world's most dangerous sailboat

Capsized yachts and a sailor’s death cast a pall over this week’s finals The finals of the 34th America's Cup are days away, but they will take place in the long shadow cast...

05 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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It is one of the most iconic ports in the world, the dramatic backdrop to everything from ancient Roman sailing ships to World War Two military vessels and gas-guzzling speedboats.

Now London's historic River Thames has played host to a new generation of boat -- one which could revolutionize not just the future of nautical design, but scientific research on the high seas.

Introducing MS Turanor Planet Solar -- the world's largest solar-powered boat.

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Sunny disposition

Resembling more "Starship Enterprise" than a modern catamaran, the 35-meter vessel arrived in the British capital last week -- its last stop on a scientific expedition across the Atlantic.

Featuring an expandable deck covered in over 500 square meters of solar panels, the 60-ton vessel is completely powered by the sun.

More than 800 solar panels charge enormous lithium-ion batteries stowed in the catamaran's twin hulls, which power two electric motors at the back.

"On a full battery we can run for 72 hours without sun," says captain Gerard d'Aboville, who is also the first man to row solo across the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans.

"I receive meteorological forecasts for the next week, which update on our map every hour, so I can see the sunniest route to take."

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Eco expedition

The $16 million vessel cut an impressive figure as it cruised beneath London's raised Tower Bridge, marking the end of an almost three-month scientific expedition along the Atlantic's warm Gulf Stream.

Heading off from Miami in June, the boat's team of scientists examined water and air samples, as part of their research into climate change.

Led by University of Geneva climatologist Martin Beniston -- a member of a United Nations-backed panel on climate change that won the 2007 Nobel peace prize -- they used high-tech "vacuum cleaners" to measure aerosols (fine particles in the air) and winches which plunged 200 meters below the water.

"The fact that the boat doesn't create any pollutants means what we measure is as natural as possible," said Beniston.

"And in terms of awareness-raising, we're carrying out the research in a boat which could be connected to the future and reducing our carbon footprint."

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Record breaking design

It's not the first time the high-tech vessel has made headlines around the world. In May last year it also became the first solar-powered vessel to circumnavigate the globe, traveling at an average speed of five knots.

It continued to break the record books earlier this year when it made the fastest solar-powered crossing of the Atlantic -- traveling from Spain to the West Indies in 22 days and breaking its own previous record by four days.

The brainchild of Swiss eco-adventurer Raphael Domjan, the high-tech boat was designed by New Zealand nautical architecture company LOMOcean Design, and built by German shipyard Knierim Yachtbau in 2010.

And with room for up to 60 people, you're more likely to see the unusual boat before you hear it. Unlike other diesel-powered ships, MS Turanor Planet Solar glides silently across the water.

"The boat has a very special look, with her expandable deck," said d'Aboville. "In fact, we were two miles off the coast of Monaco when some people called the police to say there was an airplane on the water."

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Old name, new look

But for such a futuristic-looking vessel, MS Turanor Planet Solar has an ancient-sounding name.

"Turanor" was named after the word for "power of the sun" in J.R.R Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

It may also prove to be the beginnings of an epic adventure -- this time on the high seas.

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SOURCE: CNN