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Old 07-22-2021, 03:27 PM   #1
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Electric Boats

“Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft is an educational and competitive program to foster the development of electric boats in the United States. College teams are granted up to $7,000…”

My friend’s kid is involved in this.
Pretty cool. If you are a boat kinda person.
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Old 07-22-2021, 05:35 PM   #2
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Sooooo....BRP bought Alta's tech/ leftovers. I suspect they're looking to use it for their Seadoo products and other power sports. I suspect watercraft first as they've got such an extensive lineup and would be arable to adapt technology pretty quickly.
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Old 07-22-2021, 09:21 PM   #3
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Sooooo....BRP bought Alta's tech/ leftovers. I suspect they're looking to use it for their Seadoo products and other power sports. I suspect watercraft first as they've got such an extensive lineup and would be arable to adapt technology pretty quickly.
My thoughts exactly. Plus you can be charging batteries on the houseboat while you rail your PWC for an hour...
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Old 07-22-2021, 10:11 PM   #4
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My thoughts exactly. Plus you can be charging batteries on the houseboat while you rail your PWC for an hour...
Totally! The battery/ PWC tech has good military use as well.
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Old 07-23-2021, 10:23 AM   #5
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"Electric boats" just sounds wrong......Hey hair dryer, bathtub is on line 1.
Sail boats are the original green solution.
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What will happen when sea water gets into the battery compartment?
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......Hey hair dryer, bathtub is on line 1.
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What will happen when sea water gets into the battery compartment?
Like now, or later? Batteries are in them boats now!
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Like now, or later? Batteries are in them boats now!
I got a picture in my mind of the end result of a Tesla going into the Bay...
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Electric outboards already exist for small boats. Like everything EV, the battery tech isn’t there for a lot of applications. My boat has a 70gal tank for 150-200mi with 150HP. The battery to do that prob weighs far more than the boat lol.
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What's the engine weight, though?

One thing about more weight in a boat: positive buoyancy and better handling, but more wake. For a wakeboard boat: awesome. For water skiing: horrible.
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Old 07-23-2021, 06:09 PM   #11
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Know of a couple of 30+ foot sailboats that have electric motors with large banks of batteries as their 'auxiliary power'. Solar panels can't keep up with discharge during any real forward headway, but can trickle in enough to be worth their install.

Normally, a feathering prop better when under sail power, but if the screw turning while sails are aloft, could add addition current through an alternator/generator back to the batteries.

At every recent boat show, there have been conversion packages for moving from diesel to electric.
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Sailboats need a lot of weight in their keel anyways, nice fit for a battery.
How long before solar elements could be made that could double as a sail?
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Sailboats need a lot of weight in their keel anyways, nice fit for a battery.
How long before solar elements could be made that could double as a sail?
They're workin' on it.
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That is pretty cool. 100 foot electric sail cat! Seven year trip that has included Greece, St Petersburg, the Bahamas, Panama canal and last Thursday they entered the SF Bay. Or something.
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I'd probably not have named it "orca". Gnarwhal, maybe...

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