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We have converted our 30’ Catalina Obsession to electric propulsion and what an awesome experience this has been. So quite, just like sailing. No sound, no smoke, no oil to check, no fuel to buy, no fuel filter to clean, no sea strainer to clean, no alternator belt to adjust or replace, just the quiet hum of the brushless electric motor pushing the boat at the same speed. This is the future of sailing! It is so efficient and environmentally safe.
This gives our students a first hand look at what’s coming and prepares them for this new alternative to fossil fuels.The diesel engine I replaced was a 25 hp universal still running good after 32 yrs in this Catalina. That says a lot for that motor. It did it’s job many times over and will continue to in its new home.
So now, I have a little joy stick for a throttle and when you push down and then forward the boat starts to move forward and it’s totally silent. There is a read out next to the joy stick that tells you how many KWs your using and what the total amount of power is remaining. I chose to go with AGM batteries due to the very high cost of Lithium at this time and the are working great so far.
Docking the boat is so much easier for some reason I’m not sure of but it seems much easier to control at lower speeds. It has reverse as well and the prop walk and prop wash are the same but more sensitive to control. I can’t wait to show you my new all Electric Sail Boat while you’re here learning to sail. This will make you a better sailor for sure due to the fact that you only have so much run time and you must use it wisely. My system is from Electric Yacht. They have a web sight. Their product is very good and there service is the best. I bugged them a lot during my install and they were there every step of the way.
Thanks Mike and Scott!
Once you experience this system you’re going to get one. No muss, no fuss, just silent power.
Let me know if you have a question.
Thanks for reading this Happy Sailing!
Southern most sailing school in key west
Captain Brad Lockwood305-407-4141
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