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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Electric power for a 16 ft runabout

In the mid 1990's Phil Bolger, a naval architect from Gloucester Massachusetts, designed an electric runabout for the home builder called the Lily.  Recently there has been some interest in upgrading the design of the propulsion system and batteries to make better use of current technologies.  Here are my suggestions for upgrading the original system in Lily. The MotorsIn 1995 Lily was set up with a 24 V trolling motor, and I consider trolling motors to still be the most cost effective option…See More
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We talk a lot about range in miles at various speeds, but I think for cruising sailboats the real question is how long can you go without needing to recharge. This includes house loads and motoring.When we had Snow Lily (Tartan 34C) repowered my goal was to get 5 to 7 days cruising without needing any sort of recharge. I was cautioned to go with diesel as range would be a problem, but I really think in terms of sailing and not motoring. The motor is only for in and out of the tight marina, on…See More
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I'd like to try to get a handle on boat speeds.So please:  post your boat details and speeds!  I'll get the ball rolling....- Defintion of "takeoff weight":  just like aircraft:  entire weight of craft + batteries + humans + everything.  If you don't know, take an educated guess.- conversions fyi:        1km/hr = 1.6mph        1km/hr = 1.852knots- HOW I MEASURE SPEED:   I find GPS's generally suck at reading low speeds.  What I do is take two known points (the corner of my dock, and the corner…See More
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