Editorial September 2008 Issue

In the Interest of Science

There is a chance that our story on electric propulsion (starting on page 8) might be taken the wrong way. Our unequivocal "buyer beware" warning regarding this technology doesnít mean that Practical Sailor doesnít admire or respect the innovators in this field. Or that we donít appreciate the financial risks many have taken to advance the technology. Or that we donít like the idea of being free of fossil fuels and the racket of engines that burn them. However, at the end of the day, this publication has a duty to clear the air when the facts evaporate in a fog of irrational exuberance. Thanks to the support of you, our loyal subscribers who keep us ad-free, we are the only sailing publication that can poke holes in the emperorís new boat without fear of being fed to the sharks.

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