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One low battery?
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I am looking for advice about bring back  a battery that was left  highly  discharged. I have a 48  volt  system that uses 4 Lifeline  200 amp AGM batteries. Last month, I  accidentally left the…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Capt. Mike Oct 21, 2013.

EY 's Good service
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 I was finally able to get a diagram from Scott at EY which  has  greatly  clarified the  issue, but we shall see if the motor runs  properly when we test it on Saturday. Scott also assured me that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skip Barbour Oct 16, 2012.

EY motor set up

We still  don't have the motor set up properly.  The main problem is the lack of  clear instructions. None of the parts are labeled  and most  importantly  no diagrams for   wiring or  cables.We have…Continue

Started Oct 11, 2012

Lithium Ion Battery
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Someone on another  electric  boating group gave us a link to this complete  48 volt  Lithium Ion Cell pack that only  costs  $1550.00 . Does anyone know anything about this company? It seems too …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Martin Apr 21, 2012.

 

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One low battery?

I am looking for advice about bring back  a battery that was left  highly  discharged. I have a 48  volt  system that uses 4 Lifeline  200 amp AGM batteries. Last month, I  accidentally left the motor  running ( damn  quiet electric  systems!!) and  completely  discharged the system. While 3 of the  batteries came back one has been problematic. To make matters worse, we  accidentally  disconnected the Genius smart charger from the  negative terminal of that battery while doing tests. We have…See More
Oct 8, 2013
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"You cannot beat Electricyacht's service!! I had to replace the battery monitor and Scott go it to me promptly."
Sep 16, 2013
Skip Barbour added a discussion to the group Electric Yacht User Group
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Electric Yacht System Works Great!!

My Mood 34 is back in the water. The Electric Yacht 260i system works perfectly. Docking and getting to the mooring are so much easier with all of the torque available instantly.See More
Jul 9, 2013
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"At last !! The EY 260i system worked beautifully as we scrambled to move RENDL out of harms way as Sandy approached!!"
Nov 2, 2012
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Oct 12, 2012
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"Good conversation with Scott at EY. They are sure we can get the motor running and will replace it if the overheating has damaged it."
Oct 12, 2012
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"Throwing in the towel and having the boat hauled early?"
Oct 11, 2012
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Sep 30, 2012
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"First run with the Electric yacht 260i went smoothly. Plenty of power at even a low setings"
Sep 30, 2012
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"Electric Yacht 260i is running!!"
Sep 20, 2012
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Sep 6, 2012
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"Very discouraged trying to install my Electric Yacht system... vague, unclear instructions resulting in possible damage to some parts"
Sep 6, 2012
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Aug 2, 2012
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Lithium Ion Battery

Someone on another  electric  boating group gave us a link to this complete  48 volt  Lithium Ion Cell pack that only  costs  $1550.00 . Does anyone know anything about this company? It seems too  good to be  true!!…See More
Apr 20, 2012
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Jan 31, 2012

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I am in the process of converting my Moody 34 sailboat to an all electric drive. I already have the Electric Yacht 260i system on board, the old Perkins 4108 removed. I will post photos of my progress. We are using an Electric Yacht 260i. I have been so busy at work that the installation has taken way longer than I would have thought.. but that is due to slow workers at the boat yard, not the difficulty of installation.Update, I am attempting to finish the installation myself. The directions are very opaque,we have basically lost the season trying to find out information on essential elements... I am very discouraged at this point

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New Photos of Interior work

We have  almost  reinstalled all of the interior panels and the  refinished  cabin sole.Please do not laugh too hard at my  wood  refinishing work!! The engine installation  will be finished next week along with  the  battery tie downs where the fuel tank use to be.

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 11:10pm

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At 2:34pm on May 5, 2011, Mark Frasca said…

Hi Skip,

 

The SolidNav Explorer has worked great for three years now. I did have an issue with the early Sevcon controller not being able to shift from forward to reverse (brakes!) until the prop stopped. Before I got the Sevcon fix I added a shaft brake which eliminated that problem. I also wanted a shaft brake to stop the prop from spinning when I did not need regen. It's a sweet unit.

 

Mark 

At 10:16pm on April 28, 2011, Greg Martin said…
That was quick!
At 10:04pm on April 28, 2011, Greg Martin said…
Skip, when you get a chance, please join the Electric Yacht User group. These user groups should evolve into a place to talk with others with the same EP system as you, to work out any issues and share ideas.
At 10:44pm on April 15, 2011, Nanci Young Whitley said…
You're right Skip, I think so too. It's getting there that's the issue!  50nm from Flt Lauderdale to Bimini, then 84nm from Bimini across the Bahama Banks to the Berry Islands, both  usually motoring because the east wind is on the nose.
At 7:18am on April 15, 2011, Nanci Young Whitley said…
I would love to convert to electric, but I don't see that it is perfected for cruisers yet. I've spent a lot of time reading and asking questions. I went cruising for 4+ years. Started in St Pete Fl. explored that coast for several months, then the Keys for several months, same for the east coast, back south, crossed to the Bahamas, spent a year there, back to Fl. up the east coast to Nova Scotia, back to Florida - that was a 7 month trip. I'd like to do Florida and the Bahamas again.
At 12:58pm on April 11, 2011, Greg Martin said…
Hey Skip, great photos, keep 'em coming! Let me know which ones you want in the Featured Photos section.
At 10:32am on April 3, 2011, Sally M. Reuther said…
Skip, I thought I recognized a Moody!!! We own a Moody 376, 'On to Fortune', down in Annapolis, MD. Moody is a perfect boat for adding electric propulsion. We'll be doing the same to our boat in the coming year. Good for you!!!!
At 12:22pm on April 1, 2011, Will Schroeder said…

Hi, I have a 25' Aleutka, Yes a real live Aleutka, designed by Dr. John Letcher in the early 70's. It was in Ferenc Mate's book " Best Boats to Build or Buy" and of course Jon Letcher's classic " Self-Steering for Sailing Craft"

It was designed as an engineless minimalist cruiser, although mine has an outboard well. My hope is to find a Ray Electric outboard to power her. I have a wind-bugger to charge the batteries and am working on the solar panel configuration now.- Will

At 12:08pm on April 1, 2011, Greg Martin said…
Nice photos! Thanks for posting. Good idea to convert your boat- definitely keep us posted on the progress!
At 11:43am on April 1, 2011, David Jones said…

Hey hey! Welcome to Electric Seas!

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