Originally Posted by deckofficer
Balqon has the 260 a-hr cells on a clearance sale
I have been looking at those with a lot of interest. I was originally looking at the 100 Ah batteries to use to get our feet wet with Lithium Ion batteries. But, I am quickly running out of reasons to not jump right in with a 260 Ah set up. It would exceed our house demands for the foreseeable future.
Originally Posted by simonpickard
Just wondering though, what size boat do you have? And what are your plans? Do you cruise
, etc? After summing up the thread I started I had to conclude that currently it's not very realistic to switch over to EP at the moment for anything more than using the motor
to get in and out of the harbour.
Would be great to get some insight on your plans / goals with this project
The boat is a 30' Pearson
. Our plans are to get from the Great Lakes
to the Caribbean
in the next 5 years. The major hurdle to that move is the Erie Canal or the St. Lawrence seaway. Both routes have extensive periods of motoring. The other, less attractive, option is to transport over land.
Electric Yacht claims that we can get 4 knots at 30 amps per hour. The 260 Ah Balqon bank will provide us with 6-7 hours of motoring at this rate. Unfortunately, that is only about 25 Nm and the St. Lawrence route
is nearly 400 Nm.
I am currently replacing the old Monel fuel tank
. The new fuel tank
will require a new cradle
to be built for mounting. I am attempting to make the cradle
the appropriate size to be a future battery box
. With the current
design footprint, (16) Balqon 260 Ah batteries will fit quite nicely.
Thanks, Simon. I will check out the EP thread that you started.