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|02-25-2010 02:46 PM|
They are actually sitting in the bilge! The original Ericson 35 hull is identical (very interesting story...) to an Alberg 35. Very deep bilge, allows 10 Trojan L16's to fit perfectly. (there is still a deeper part of the bilge for water collection, pumps, etc)
Access is through hatches in the salon floor. I've developed the dexterity required to ck SpG every six months. The batterieas are fitted with Hydrocaps to catalise the H2 back into water, avoiding venting issues. Hold downs are installed to hold everything in place if a knockdown should occur.
The total weight of the system is probably about 500lbs greater than having the A4 and associated tanks, trans, etc., but distribution is actually much better for sailing. She heals over normally to about 15 degrees, but gets much stiffer beyond that.
I have some pix of the setup on my blog (to avoid overloading this thread): svdejala.blogspot.com
Like I said: This is not for the faint of heart... but someone has to push the envelope!
|02-25-2010 12:13 AM|
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Sure there are people reading this that say they got 5 years or 8 years or more out of their battery bank but were they testing it every year? No they got 8 years out of their bank because they were not using it, not testing it, the bank was at less than half capacity for most of its "life".
Start using that bank, treating it the way most people do, and you had better budget replacement every 5 years or so. Many much more often than that.
|02-24-2010 09:33 PM|
|mitiempo||If one repowers with a diesel it's good for many years with minimal maintenance. Oil change, filter and impeller annually. Diesel costs are low because you might only run 40 to 60 hours each season if that much. But if you install an electric you will have battery replacement well before you would have a major expense with a diesel. Batteries are a large dollar portion of the electric system especially if you expect much range away from the dock. And batteries have a lifespan whether used a lot or a little. And this ignores any reliability issues with the rest of the system - motor or controller.|
|02-24-2010 08:56 PM|
What is your system voltage and where are you storing the batteries? As Arch said above, sailboats are meant to carry ballast but you can't just put them all down in the bilge. They need to be accessible for maintenance (topping off with water, or at least cleaning and checking the terminal connections) Battery manufacturers aren't exactly designing batteries in special shapes with sailboats in mind. How did you overcome all of that?
|02-24-2010 08:04 PM|
It is not less expensive... I have my electric drive installed, so this is real world experience. Replacing the A4 with a diesel would have been about the same after new tanks, etc. You also must understand the shortcomings of current technology. As others have stated, petroleum is an incredibly dense energy storage medium. Lead and acid, and their modern cousins do not come close.
Because the field (as relates to modern sailing craft) is quite new, the learning curve to get a working system is pretty high. It takes time, and a very inquisitive nature to ferret out the info needed to make it happen.
BUT: It is a cool project and a lot of fun. I absolutely love my system, and enjoyed putting it together. I wouldn't go so far as to say 'it makes sense'!
|02-24-2010 07:44 PM|
Originally Posted by tommays View Post
The electric motor I have (SolidNav Explorer) was engineered to be an Atomic 4 drop-in replacement. The motor install itself takes maybe an hour. That's the easy part.
|02-24-2010 06:44 PM|
|southerncross31||I put an electric motor in my Oday and it points 10 degrees higher and sails much faster. I hooked it up to my flux capacitor. It doesn't even need batteries! It runs off the methane from my composting toilet. Tomorrow i'm going to clean 24 inches of snow off of it and i never even took the genoa off for the winter....ah the joys of owning a crappy boat!|
|02-24-2010 11:56 AM|
Originally Posted by Mark F View Post
There are a bunch of costs involved like fuel tanks, filters, prop and shaft ect ect ect
BUt its not like anybody is selling and electric drive that will drop right into the A4 location like the Beta does
|02-24-2010 11:03 AM|
|Mark F||I guess I should dump my electric auxiliary sailboat. I didn't realize it didn't work :-). Can you really remove an Atomic 4 and (completely) replace it with a new diesel for $6000?|
|02-24-2010 10:46 AM|
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
But a sailboat can charge will sailing so there will be power available at the end of every day.
And Batteries are not a problem provided the project boat is purchased or built with that in mind. Many sail boats carry tons of ballast, so weight is only a concern for racers or performance sailers (those boats will use carbon fiber to save wieght). Can't replace all the ballast....well maybe you could but remove all the ballast at once and a sailboat flips.
The only real problem is cost. That will come down a few years after electric cars are once again cheaper.
Recall those discusssions, just over a hundred years ago. Diesel and gas engines will never catch on because they are too complex, explosive, not reliable and much too expensive. The number of machined parts alone mean they will never replace the simple cheap electric drives.
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