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Summer cruising in Howe sound

  • Posted on December 1, 2014
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Another gorgeous afternoon cruising the Pacific Northwest on our 100% pure electric 1973, 30′ Tollycraft Sedan Cruiser. There is virtually no noise other than your environment. With no smell or exhaust pollution you can feel great about being on the water all for under $4 for a charge! another great day without fuel  

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“Plug and Play” – Fitting Electric Motors [Video]

  • Posted on November 28, 2013
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“Plug and play ” is a term that should be used loosely when it comes to any modification – be it a car, motorcycle, website, or your soon-to-be electric boat. When I was a kid “plug and play” meant just that. You PLUG in your game console and you PLAY it. It took about 5 minutes on a slow day. Plug and play for an electric boat motor is a bit of a different concept. Once you rip the old motor(s) out and clean the bilge – as seen in previous posts – you have to prep the bilge and…

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Back To The Pit. [Video]

  • Posted on November 28, 2013
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It’s been a short while since we’ve given an update on our second electric boat project i.e. the mighty Tollycraft…but nonetheless there has been significant and well needed progress. Stan, our colleague from Stratos Yacht Services, and the third ‘mastermind’ to join Bluefin has been busy prepping the new home for the compact yet powerful 9kW motors. Watch the video below to find out what he’s been up to!  

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The Black Pit Of Despair [Video]

  • Posted on August 22, 2013
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Well the boat made it to Shelter without too much incident and it was time to clear the bilge. i.e. remove the motors, gas tanks and everything else you won’t ever need again. There really isn’t anything glorious about this process, however it certainly is one way to test one’s resolve when it comes to an electric boat conversion. What can I say? To get the electric motors in you have to take the old gas motors out. In our case, we had two 40 year old, cast-iron 318 Chrylers sitting in the Black Pit of Despair. Basically you spend…

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Wax on, Wax off. [Video]

  • Posted on August 16, 2013
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The ‘Sea Escape’ had been sitting under a grove of Birch trees for about 2 years. For the non-tree tappers out there – Birch is known as the ‘other‘ sappy tree. It seemed that no matter how much we scrubbed the deck, the little black tar spots just would not come off. We tried a few store bought solutions but as usual, mom knows best…check out the video to see what simple ‘mom cleaning recipe‘ blew the competition out of the water. After the spots were gone (for the most part) it was time for some Karate Kid action… Within…

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First Scrub: A Diamond in the Rough

  • Posted on July 1, 2013
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If you’ve been following our Facebook page  you’ll know approximately where we are at with our electric Tollycraft project. What a journey it has been…and the end is in our sights. But it’s not really an end, it’s a new beginning. So for all who’ve missed our updates, let’s recap on what we’ve been up too! I have to be honest, the first day I showed up at the marina, the logical side of my brain began to dominate my thoughts…I mean an electric boat sounded like a fantastic idea…but with this?? An electric Tollycraft? How much does thing even…

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Our Next Electric Boat – The Bluefin 2! [Video]

  • Posted on June 19, 2013
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Just as soon as we had the Original Bluefin on the water and tested, we could hardly wait for our next adventure. An electric inboard for a sailboat is pretty much a “no-brainer”. The Thoosa 7000HT performed like a charm and exceeded our expectations. But what about a mid sized cruiser? We really were curious how a couple of electric motors would stack up against a couple of big blocks. What would we gain? What would we sacrifice? Well the only way to find that out is to find the perfect test model and what better choice than a classic…

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This year Bluefin Electric Marine received some welcomed coverage from Global TV at Western Canada’s premiere boat show and BC’s largest showcase for the recreational boating industry ! At last technology is giving boaters some greener options

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An Original Electric Sail Boat Conversion

  • Posted on March 2, 2013
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One of the first sailboats to be fitted with an electric a Thoosa 7000-HT 48V system was a classic 34 foot 1978 Ericson. This sailboat was originally outfitted with a Universal Atomic 4, four cylinder gas engine that produced 30 horsepower@ 3500 RPM. Under the direction of Michael Whatley and Stratos Yacht Services the motor was replaced with a Thoosa 7000 HT (high torque) 48V inboard electric motor  - the equivalent of a 17~25HP combustion engine. Below are some pictures we snapped during the process. The gas tank and the engine were replaced with a compact battery bank (stored under one of…

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