Well, I still have the guppy 13. I still have not taken it to the ocean yet.
Still working on it to make more sea worthy. Right now,I have it moored in the
river near the Tri-Citys in Washington state. I have added a Torqeedo cruise
longshaft outboard motor
. It's really cool because it has 6 horsepower of thrust and it's only 40 pounds in weight. I have heard it's the most powerful 24 volt motor
on the market. I modified the steering
fin on the bottom of the motor by adding 6 inches in length to the fin. I mounted it in the center of the back of the boat in place of the original rudder
. It works great as a motorized rudder
. I still have the two electric
saltwater trolling motors that are 80 pounds of thrust each they are mounted on each side of the torqeedo motor and I built a special steering
system so they steer together with the torqeedo motorized rudder.
I tested it a while back without the sails
it can go 8 knots with all 3 motors at full speed. And I am now testing with the sails
and I had it moving at almost 12 knots motor sailing down the Columbia
river. I plan to sail it this summer all the way down the Columbia and out to the ocean. I have 780 amp hours of lithium battery
power so I can go about 14 nm on a charge at full speed and much further at slower speeds. The five batteries only add 140 lbs of weight to the boat and they fit perfectly in a straight line above the keel
under the cabin
floor. It makes the boat more stable with the battery
weight in the bottom of the boat right where it needs to be. 2 of the batteries run the 24 volt torqeedo motor, 2 of the batteries run the 24 volt trolling motors and the 5th battery runs the 12 volt system for the cabin
and the lights. Anyway I thought I would keep everyone up to date on the guppy project
. will take picks and add soon.