Gulfstar Sailmaster 39, 21000lb displacement
San Diego California
Happy to share a few thoughts on the system and more importantly, how it has
affected my sailing "habits". Below is something I am writing in hopes of submitting
and getting publish to help push along the "green" revolution. Please feel free to
add a few words if you would like.
First, I couldn't be more pleased with the overall end results, as with anything new,
there has been a learning curve of course but the system has performed, not only
as quoted but in some cases better than expected.
Things are good. The trip is over now. We made it down to Puerto Vallarta ... All told it took me 25 days to get back. 17 days of that was underway. I was going to try the clipper route back from Cabo but after almost 200 miles my heading started to dip more south so I decided to head back in stopping at Scorpion, Turtle Bay and Ensenada. Last trip we motored home in fairly calm seas. This time I got to experience the Baja Bash. The boat took a couple hits but it got me back. The electric motor worked great.
It was the perfect day, sailing with some friends on my yacht, ‘Pleione’, a 1976 Beneteau Evasion 32. We had departed my home port of Votsi, on the Aegean island of Alonissos for a day’s sailing, mixed with swimming and norkelling around the adjacent islands. First stop was the islands called ‘The Two Brothers’, after a slow sail in light winds and of coarse, wall to wall sunshine, we anchored in a small bay with crystal clear water, everyone dived in to explore the underwater surroundings.
When I took possession of my 20 foot wood sailboat, Sigi, the vintage Kenmare Sea Twin (aka Atomic 2) inboard had been removed from the boat. I suspect that my uncle, the designer and owner, was going to fit it with an alternator and electric starter (instead he bought a Flicka). My aunt told me that the motor was temperamental and a hassle to rope start.
As noted, in a previous post, on July 28th our Perkins 4-108 diesel engine completely failed and was not able to be rebuilt. Dan and I were devastated but we put our heads together, decided to go the electric/hybrid route, we then furiously began researching companies that could re-power Minke with an electric/hybrid system. Luckily we found a person that had the drive and the will to help us reach our goal. Nancy Frainetti, the owner of The Electric Marina and a dealer for ElectricYacht, began sending emails with the possibilities of what we could do to get Minke up and running again.
Salome is a 1974 C&C 35 Mk II. C&C was a anadian company that lead the racer-cruiser market during the 1970s. Its actually an identical sister-ship to Initram, a boat that underwent a similar re-power four years ago http://sunchallenge.blogspot.com). We bought it in 2006 with its functioning, but unreliable Atomic 4. At one point, it ingested water after an early winter sail and seized before I could get back to the marina to take care of it.