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Old 10-02-2015, 07:16   #16
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That is a fantastic looking boat! Welcome to the electric drive club!

I'm thrilled to be a part of the Electric Drive Club! & very happy to see the support. Thank you!


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Nice project! Love to see old woodies brought back to life. Can you provide tech specs on the ELCO electric drive? # batteries, voltage, expected performance, etc.
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Old 12-02-2015, 21:40   #18
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Nice project! Love to see old woodies brought back to life. Can you provide tech specs on the ELCO electric drive? # batteries, voltage, expected performance, etc.

Elco EP-1200

Speed 7 knots
Cruising time 4-6 hours
Range 30 nm
6 batteries
106 Amps
12 hp

The real heavy tech stuff can be found on Elco's website. There are manuals of it! (It's a cool site cuz they have videos of converted boats.)

I'll know much more once we have the sea trial & I get actual cruising time. It's a big project & still ongoing.




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Great looking boat.

Might want to consider carrying a small outboard (out of sight perhaps) as a spare or emergency and to increase range if needed.

Congratulations.
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Old 13-02-2015, 08:52   #20
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Great looking boat.

Might want to consider carrying a small outboard (out of sight perhaps) as a spare or emergency and to increase range if needed.

Congratulations.

I'm not sure where I'd mount the outboard. I have a rudder so it would have to be off center, I think. Am open to suggestions re how to make that work.

I'm thinking about getting the portable generator. It's a small gas generator that Elco recommends. My hesitation w that is weight & size. I'm small & worry I can't lift it, or where would I stow it?

Any thoughts/ideas?


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I'm not sure where I'd mount the outboard. I have a rudder so it would have to be off center, I think. Am open to suggestions re how to make that work.

I'm thinking about getting the portable generator. It's a small gas generator that Elco recommends. My hesitation w that is weight & size. I'm small & worry I can't lift it, or where would I stow it?

Any thoughts/ideas?


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Old 23-02-2015, 13:52   #22
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Yeah that Honda generator looks like a good option!


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I'm converting the sabre to electric & have inquired about the EP-1200. I hate to ask but what did it cost you for the EP-1200? I know what the MSRP is & have asked Elco if I bought today what the actual cost is but they won't give me a straight answer. Pisses me off LOL
You can pm me the answer if you'd rather. I'm just curious..
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I'm converting the sabre to electric & have inquired about the EP-1200. I hate to ask but what did it cost you for the EP-1200? I know what the MSRP is & have asked Elco if I bought today what the actual cost is but they won't give me a straight answer. Pisses me off LOL
You can pm me the answer if you'd rather. I'm just curious..
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I know of a SolidNav system like ours for sale from a private seller on the Electric Seas forum...
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I know of a SolidNav system like ours for sale from a private seller on the Electric Seas forum...
I'm on the forum FB, I know who you're referring to, thanks for helping.

Very, very discouraging with the Elco folks. I have more emails from them telling me what a wonderful product they have, how green they are, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. All I wanted was a real price, not the msrp.
Guess I'll cross them off the list because if I had a problem I suspect it would go something like this
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I'm converting the sabre to electric & have inquired about the EP-1200. I hate to ask but what did it cost you for the EP-1200? I know what the MSRP is & have asked Elco if I bought today what the actual cost is but they won't give me a straight answer. Pisses me off LOL
You can pm me the answer if you'd rather. I'm just curious..
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The Elco motor was $9k + 500 delivery. The batteries are $3k but I got dif batteries than what Elco recommended.

I'll add that the Elco folks have gone above & beyond with me and my yard. There were a few technical issues my yard had cuz some of the design specs were out of date, but Elco's team has been responsive & 100%. So don't give up on them. (They are prob gun shy cuz of me! I asked for a full estimate including labor & my yard exceeded the labor costs by double & still counting! I then yelled at Elco for not giving me the right labor costs. Reality is that each yard is different & I made the mistake of not shopping around. I'm prob at the most expensive yard on the Bay. Seriously, find a yard with a lower hourly rate. Better still, if you can do most of the work yourself, then that's ideal.)

I'm sending you an email with actual labor costs. It will put everyone here in shock! :-)


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I wanted to add here a few of the added costs that will come your way.

They will recommend a dripless stuffing box. I kept my old one for now cuz I just had it repaired but will probably go dripless in the future.

You will also probably want a fiberglass battery box/holder. My yard fabricated one at extra costs.

Also, they did a custom control panel also at extra cost.

They also did a model of everything at extra cost.

Also, I had to change my electrical panel & shore power. More costs.

The conversion is intense. Find the cheapest yard you can or do a lot of the work yourself. The latter is ideal.


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The Elco motor was $9k + 500 delivery. The batteries are $3k but I got dif batteries than what Elco recommended.

I'll add that the Elco folks have gone above & beyond with me and my yard. There were a few technical issues my yard had cuz some of the design specs were out of date, but Elco's team has been responsive & 100%. So don't give up on them. (They are prob gun shy cuz of me!
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Thanks Starside! They finally got back to me this morning & said they do not offer discounts off the msrp. It is a good product, no arguing that.

Good luck with your conversion!
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Over time, the electric propulsion systems will get cheaper. I guess I'm one of the trail blazers! :-)


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After a long lull at the yard, this is finally moving forward.

Here's a pic of the battery hookup & stuffing box access hole.

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