9.06.2007

Ocean-going water bug delights cognoscenti
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Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ugo Conti and his wife have dreamed up a mode of travel as dazzling as Captain Nemo's Nautilus - a water skipper-inspired catamaran that can make a 5,000 mile voyage on one tank of fuel.

The Spartan accomodations of the Proteus don't detract from the greentech lustre of the craft. No word on the planned retail price of the craft, reportedly it cost aound $1.5 million to build. A company, Advanced Marine Research, has been established to advance the venture.

Alight in New York Harbor, the craft will now make waves in the media.

Proteus in Greek mythology:

n Greek mythology, Proteus is an early sea-god, one of several deities whom Homer calls the "Old Man of the Sea"[1], whose name suggests the "first", as protogonos is the "primordial" or the "firstborn". He became the son of Poseidon in the Olympian theogony (Odyssey iv. 432), or of Nereus and Doris, or of Oceanus and a Naiad, and was made the herdsman of Poseidon's seals, the great bull seal at the center of the harem. He can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar from several cultures, will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, with the general meaning of "versatile", "mutable", "capable of assuming many forms": "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability.

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