December 2010 Blog Posts (4)

THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: END OF THE SEASON THOUGHTS OF AN ELECTRIC SAILOR: 2010

The Bianka Log Blog is Captain Mike's well documented log of his experiences electrifying his Nonsuch 30 Bianka. At the end of this last season, Capt Mike reflects on his experience and decision to go electric. You can read this insightful and informative post…

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Added by Greg Martin on December 15, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Introducing the Hunter 27E All Electric Sailboat and Green Award Winner | SAIL Magazine

SAIL Magazine posted an article in November 2010 about the new Hunter 27E electric auxiliary sailing yacht. This article describes the new yacht, which uses an ELCO 27 hp motor, powered by a 72 volts DC battery pack. This is an amazing yacht and you can read all about it…

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Added by David Jones on December 12, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Endeavour Electric Boat Tests Waters off Newport | Soundings Magazine

Soundings Magazine, featured a story in January 2010 about the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport RI which uses an Endeavour Green 24 ft electric boat to ferry passengers around the bay. Their experiences using the boat are described in the article which can be found…

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Added by David Jones on December 8, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

GREEN BOATING: What is Green Boating? Part II (Navigating Green Marketing in the Marine Industry)

Green Boating is a website that follows and reports on the issues related to green boating. The first thing you have to ask is, "What is green boating?" With so much "green washing" this can be confusing. An interesting introduction and discussion about this is presented…

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Added by Greg Martin on December 5, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

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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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