Originally Posted by Pblais
You can require motoring at least 10 hours. I also want the fridge to run another 48 hours.That means by morning I want a full load to do it all over again. So for all the hoopla they are at the end of the day - done before mid morning snack.
It still leaves all the issues of where the energy that charges them comes from! The new Volt cars are interesting until you find out what they cost. Affordable motors are a joke. They were affordable 10 years ago. It's the operational issues that make them functionally worthless.
I can't afford the extension cord.
I'm wit youse! I want my coffee, auto-pilot, freezer
and EEElectrronics. But, I'd Love to have a quiet EElectric motor
along with all those appliances
. It all comes down to batteries, doesn't it. Well, maybe also more efficient generation.
Back in I think it was '94, I was sojourning in Ecuador
when this Japanese fellow left, in a boat, for Japan
to much media fanfare. He had a boat, sort of a long kayak
really, made out of aluminum
cans. He pasted a bunch of solar panels
on the topside and used an electric motor
. He was doing his enviromental educational adventure projects (I think he'd done some similar travel stunt previously, but don't remember what).
I read the follow up stories when he got to Japan
, and I seem to remember he averaged something like 3.7 knots for the voyage. As someone said earlier, add a nice rig and you have a huge boost in efficiency and speed.
And that was 15 years ago. I think a dedicated thread disCussing and ferreting out the lastest in Alternative auxilary sailboat power
might be a fine idea. The kids
will lead us.
After all, we already know that the Navy
and sailors in general are more hide-bound by tradition than any other service
. And thank the gods for their superb service
as a social anchor!