Conversions

“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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Are you ready for Electric Boat Motors? [Video]

  • Posted on October 17, 2013
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After taking a short break in September, the Bluefin team is back at it and still on schedule for the first splash before Christmas! The bilge has been gutted, cleaned and ground down ready for a new gel coat. The propellor shafts have been straightened, we have new cutlas bearings, the props are cleaned and the electric motors have arrived- all 90lbs of them!  In the picture below I have the past and the future in opposite hands. So what’s left? Check out Mike’s video below he’ll fill you in on where we are at and what’s next!

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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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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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