River Rat vacation cruiser
- I'm getting serious about a build inspired largely by Phil's "state boat" series of low power sharpie designs. Intended use is for inland and protected near-coastal water vacation trailer cruises within a few hundred miles of Eastern PA (a lot of great destinations). Simple accommodations for a couple and two medium size kids for up to a week. We did a full scale mock-up in the yard last summer to get a good feel for the concept. See photo posted under the "River Rat" album and a video walk-thru link below.
Primary specs are about 27ft LOA (3 1/2 sheet sides) and less than 7ft beam. My question for all you experts is: which "state boat" hull would you start with? (assuming some scaling is OK)
- Many will use the e-prop more than 50% of the time, it saves fuel, engine hours, is more enjoyable, more reliable.255 amp hrs is a good benchmark
From: c.ruzer <c.ruzer@...>
To: bolger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 10:35 am
Subject: [bolger] Re: River Rat vacation cruiser
The facts are the link appears to be for intermittent electric propulsion use on sail craft - ie. for short hops: "Perfect for lake sailors; plenty of power and range to get out to sail Enough range for weekend sailors to motor home, if the wind dies" - and shore power recommended. Note that Electric Yacht advise "For extended trips (sailing) away from home, a small gasoline generator can be used to charge the batteries through these chargers." http://www.electricyacht.com/faqs/battery-selection/ Why then add the $4000 for the hybrid drive to the ICE dollars on a power cruising craft? How many batteries by your calculations?
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> Susanne, your calculations on Battery Storage requirements of 80kW are incorrect, leading to decisions not based on facts. In many cases, a Parallel Hybrid works best, then again, in many cases, straight electric is a great solution. http://www.electricyacht.com/products/our-weekender-hybrid-systems/
> Here are 2 Parallel Hybrid solutions.