This past weekend we launched Initram our 35 foot C&C for our fourth season with her. While fellow club members struggled to get old diesel and gasoline engines running after a cold winter in storage, we simply flipped a switch, and our boat was ready to go. The four sealed AGM batteries have made preparations for winter at haul out and launch very simple. All we do is charge up the batteries to 100% in the fall at haul out. On this our fourth year launching with the electric motor system, once again we turned the switch on and the monitor system showed that the batteries were 100% charged up and ready to go.
Monday, January 23, 2012
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Posted by John Wilson at 12:16 PM
Friday, August 19, 2011
Light winds were enlightening on our way from Bronte to Fifty Point. We learned to follow the ripples that indicate wind currents on the water. Heavenly day for sailing.
Posted by John Wilson at 7:33 PM
Thursday, July 28, 2011
With light winds expected and a long run to Fifty Point we set off early from Bronte Harbour. What a great feeling on a clear quiet morning to flick the switch on the electric motor and quietly make our way out onto the lake. As it turned out our use of the genoa made this one of the most pleasant days sailing we've ever had. Once on the lake we pointed just to the east of Fifty Point using our iPad Navionics chart plotter gps system. We raised the main and then genoa in light winds. Most of the way we were able to find the wind by watching the water for areas with ripples. Sure enough we picked up good speed, 4-5 knots, on a close hauled course near perfect heading for our destination. Sure enough we were there by about 1:30pm with just one tack to head in. Beautiful day of great sailing. Great recovery from our day of motoring.
Posted by John Wilson at 6:29 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Leigh had a bit of a fall on our trip from Toronto to Oakville. So, with winds blowing hard we decided to test the electric motor as a way of making it an easy stress free trip to Bronte. It was a sunny day, not much wave action as the wind was coming in from the north where the land is. We made 3-4 knots at about three quarters throttle doing about 1600 rpm with our old folding racing prop. It took a little over an hour with some extra time as we came in slow as this is our first time in this harbor. Once we docked and settled all the rigging down the battery meter indicated we still had about 100% charge and another 4.5 hours at 3-4 knots that we still could have covered.
Posted by John Wilson at 2:42 PM
Monday, July 25, 2011
Next trick was to sort out the electrical hookup to make sure I could top up the charge on the batteries. Of course the shore power connection in Oakville is different than QCYC. I eventually found an adapter from our three round pronged (name?) plug to standard 3 prong outlet. She charges nicely on the 15 amp circuit provided, using about 10 amps. With that I can still run the fan to keep things cooler in the galley. I charge the house batteries only separately from the motor batteries as it would blow the 15 amp fuse provided by shore power here. Took less than an hour or so to charge up to full storage again. All set for our sail to Bronte or perhaps further out to Fifty Point Park. We'll see.
All is working well. The weather has been hot and humid which is yet another test of the system. So far so good. Met a few sailors from Mimico who'd been to QCYC and had read about our electric boat in the Clipper. I've invited them over for a tour. Off for some Thai food for dinner.
Posted by John Wilson at 2:21 PM