March 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Sun Challenge Sailing: Sailboat Goes Electric

Sun Challenge is a project being carried out by John Wilson, who has converted his C&C 35 to run with an Electric Yacht electric propulsion system. The electric conversion experience, along with photos, videos and a description of the Sun Challenge project and Solar Village, you can check out…

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Added by Greg Martin on March 27, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Boats: The Other Electric Vehicle - Transportation | GOOD

eboat2 Good is a website that provides a progressive viewpoint on a range of topics in today's world. In their transportation section, covering future developments, an interesting article was written by Christopher Mimms March 22, 2010 about the future of boating. There is a discussion about electric boating in particular with a detailed history and explanation of notable examples. Also included are a couple of unique illustrations with an electric…

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Added by David Jones on March 26, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Restored Chesapeake Skipjack Gets E-Motion Hybrid Drive | E Motion Hybrids

WS400 E Motion Hybrids is a company that produces electric propulsion systems for vessels, also under the name of Electric Marine Propulsion. On their company website they have a news link which lists several notable projects that they have been involved with, including a recent retrofit of a classic Chesapeake Skipjack working sailboat. The 44' Caleb…

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Added by David Jones on March 16, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

U.S. Navy is Going Electric | Electric Seas

destroyer-aegis-ddg-103 By Greg Martin   In a move that will reduce operating costs and logistic vulnerabilities, the U.S. Navy is taking steps along with all branches of services to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. In July 2009, The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded a contract to DRS Technologies Inc. of Fitchburg and Hudson, Mass to develop…

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Added by David Jones on March 2, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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Boat shows to see marine electric propulsion

The fall boat shows are upon us! There are several upcoming boat shows where you can go to see electric propulsion systems and ask questions.IBEX: Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Tampa, FLIf you are in the marine trades you can attend IBEX.  The website is: www.ibexshow.com Companies displaying are Clean eMarine Americas (Thoosa & Triton); Elco Motor Yachts (Elco),  Oceanvolt (Oceanvolt saildrives), Torqeedo (Torqeedo outboards)ANNAPOLIS SAILBOAT…See More
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Sevcon Millipak 8 flash error code

My 2008 SolidNav Explorer has been cutting back to 1/2 power from time to time, for over a year. If I am going anywhere I do not use that much power anyway so the issue has not been a problem but I do want to fix it. Today I checked for an error code and I am getting 8 flashes on my Sevcon MiliPac when it cuts back. The code is an over heat indication and I know it isn't overheating because it can happen seconds after throttling up. Any thoughts out there?Thanks, MarkSee More
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Our boat has a Solidnav Explorer, with a 48v four AGM bank. The goal is to install solar in the hopes of extending our time off shore power. An electrician I certainly am not.After much study, and discussions here and there with many helpful individuals, I felt I had a good handle on what was needed and what to do. Now, I'm not so sure. An install is defined by the small details, and those small details are what I'm unsure of.I did take the step of ordering a Rogue 3048 MPPT, and will be…See More
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First test run

Had the first test run of our 52' ketch under electric power. Although it was only a short run around the marina, all systems performed extremely well. Much more control with lower revs possible. Minimum revs with the old diesel were 210 at the prop which equated to 3 knots. Now I can get the prop down to 50rpm. More control in reverse with the slower prop revs also.Looking forward to installing a generator which will allow us to venture out for a few days and give her a real test run.See More
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8 flash error code

My 2008 SolidNav Explorer has been cutting back to 1/2 power from time to time, for over a year. If I am gojng anywhere I do not use that much power anyway so the issue has not been a problem but I do want to fix it. Today I checked for an error code and I am getting 8 flashes on my Sevcon MiliPac when it cuts back. The code is an over heat indication and I know it isn't overheating because it can happen seconds after throttling up. Any thoughts out there?thanks, MarkSee More
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