I cruised through the Slide Show, but didn't see any obvious E Launch,
but it was a lovely trip through Small Boat History!One of the nice things
about livin' in CT.You think EV's are alotta work? Hah! Ya never owned a
wooden boat!!I had a classic wooden 16' foot gaff rigged Sloop, as a kid, a
real beauty. They are restored by folks nowadaze. A trip home to Long Island
to sail in the regattas they have now and again, is great "Time Travel"
thing for me. Can't just run forward to Jibe the Spinniker like I usta as a
kid! Almost crapsized it! Not 150 lbs anymore, sigh.A classic displacment
hull, I'll bet threy would "sail" all day on a few Golf Cart batteries.
Never THOUGHT of it<g>! There is a outfit in Cobalt CT that builds repro
fiberglass Fantail Launches, they are beautiful! Drove in, electrically, he
had one on a trailer. Looked like a miniture Mauritania,Aquitania, Titanic,
classic old, slim, liner design. NOT the Box Boats that do cruise ship duty,
I got to drive one, or what EVer ya call "'Sailing" in one. Like a car,
it goes silently, well, alota you have been in sailboats, know what I mean.
A E-launch goes about sailboat speed, just whispers along in the water. A
joy! Of course you hear all the OTHER crap out on the water; Jet skis, noisy
speed boats, cruisers that have more power than a Budd RDC car on the RR!
Noise NOISE! There oughta be noise laws at sea! Hoping that gas prices will
sweep the seas clean in a few years? If yo gotta go boating, learn how to
SAIL! Dammit! This will get most of the yahoos off the water, I'll bet, as
you have to learn HOW to sail. YOU arent in control, but Mother Nature is.
Sorta a man/cat thing. People like or hate cats , about the same thing, You
aren't in control. IF yur cat likes you? Yur a good person<g>!
> The Wooden Boat magazine special issue titled 2008 "Small Boats" has a
> beautiful wooden electric boat pictorial called the Jolena III.
> An EVA 36 volt motor running at 48 volts with 8 6 volt golf cart
> A timing belt runs to the propelor shaft at a 5:1 reduction turning a 20
> x 19 three bladed bronze wheel.
> Wow! Big wheel! Must use alotta amps to swing it?
> Does about 5 mph and goes 20 miles on a charge regardless of speed.
> I know the trolling motors are prety amp thrifty. The E launch guy got a
> Lower" gear ratio" prop on the boat and ran two trolling motors. to" Helm"
> it, ya sat between the two tillers, and fantized you were docking the
> Queen Merry! Ahead slow, slow astern, etc, and with a 360 sweep you could
> push your stern toward the dock. Was fun. He, too, ran 48 volts of marine
> "Deep Cycle" 12's. I suggested Golf cart batteries for more range and
> life, but you don't have break stands and 1200 amp launches in a boat! Not
> normally. After all, the new liners use trolling motor setups. Big as
> locomotives, they can swing all around for convenient parallel parking at
> the dock. No more great Titanic" engine room scenes.They are Diseasel
> Electric nowadaze! Queens Merry, Liz, Vic. Diesels aren't as picturesque
> as good old triple expansion steam engines.Oh, they won't let ya in the
> engine room, a security thing, in the wonderful, paranoid age we live in.
> 5mph at 4 hours or 2 mph for 10 hrs is same draw on the batteries.
> Better go out in "ebb Tide" mode!
> Page 29.
> It has a beautiful photo layout of this gorgious wooden boat.
They just don't make them like that anymore!
There are enough Steam launches around still they do rallies and
cruises. I guess this could be a branch of EAA? Someday?