Penumbra Marine Logistics was founded in 2000 by Captain Craig Tafoya after his years of research, planning, overseeing construction, and captaining, the mega-yacht, LIMITLESS. Craig moved ashore in 2001 after 15 years with the Limitless owner and started developing other projects for yacht owners. The eight years of research that went into developing the Limitless project proved to be valuable for new projects.
Many areas of research involved the integration of new technology into the marine industry as well as ways to cut costs. Craig’s only instructions from the Limitless owner was, “Build me a no compromise yacht”, which he later explained, “If you think it needs it, put it in”.
Even though the yacht pioneered “first off” systems such as the Diesel-Electric AND/OR straight Diesel propulsion, the first fully Integrated Bridge in the world, and more, she was built for less than a conventional 200′ yacht of her day, but Limitless was longer than a football field and cruised at 16-17 knots under “electric” propulsion and 23 knots under “diesel only” propulsion and, at one time, hit 27.5 knots under “diesel AND electric” propulsion mode.
The Limitless project started the Privately Owned, Mega-Yacht craze. Peter Lurssen of “Lurssen Werft”, later renamed Lurssen Yachts, presented Craig with a signed book with the inscription, “Craig – Your Limitless project started us on many big yachts” -Peter Lurssen.
LIMITLESS - 316' (96.25m) World's Largest US Flagged Yacht as still an ICON in the industry with the same owner.
Having the reputation for being a high-tech person, Craig, under the PML logo, has gone on to developing systems for other yachts, captains and owners to ease the vessel operation or making existing systems more efficient.
Craig Tafoya and PML are up for any challenge a yacht may have or to commercially implement any of the “one off” systems that were place aboard Limitless two decades ago.
One spin-off idea was to find, or develop, a Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) that would have a ZERO POLLUTION discharge. Systems such as the one in Limitless were legally discharging >9 tons of sewage daily into the sea. This always bothered Craig, so decades later, Craig found a company named Dragonfly that was building land-based units but experimenting in the marine field. Craig re-designed the system and the owner of Dragonfly, Alfredo Teran, formed a new company named ACT2 Technologies that actually builds MSD’s that produce clear, bacteria and virus free discharge water (drinkable quality) for the marine industry. The Tafoya family (WOSB) now own 100% of ACT2 with Craig as the COO.
Penumbra Marine Logistics was started to pursue other “fun” systems that Craig develops into other companies and/or patents. Some systems are presented in this website.
Craig closed his facility in Ft. Lauderdale in 2016 and consolidated Penumbra Marine Logistics and ACT2 Technologies (www.ACT2Tech.org) into one larger facility just a couple miles from the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida where “space” minded engineers are abundant and have the ability to think outside the box.