New book 'Electric Boats and Ships' from Kevin Desmond
Review, by EBA General Secretary, Robert Kay
Definitive, meticulous, and full of tales of adventure against the odds, both on and off the high seas.
Most of our planet is covered by water, and for our brightest and most daring minds, gaining mastery over the elements of sun, wind and water by using only the powers of nature, without damaging the planet, represent an opportunity for healthy and clean adventure and discovery, not a threat. But until now, many of those achievements and stories have yet to be told.
Kevin Desmond is a highly experienced journalist, author and sailing enthusiast, and his enthusiasm, expertise, ear for a good yarn, and passion light up every page.
As a scholarly work, it delves deep into the origins of electric vehicles back to the very first discovery of the conversion of the energy from electricity to propel a boat in "The Annals of Electricity, Magnetism and Chemistry, 1837 "
'I have described an Electro-magnetic Engine, by means of which, pieces of machinery are put in motion. I have now to announce that I have succeeded in propelling a boat, and also a locomotive carriage, by the power of Electro-magnetism. The particulars of their construction will be communicated as soon as their present rude state is sufficiently corrected for their appearance in public. W.S.'
180 years of development, setbacks, triumphs, and spectacular failures follow, with some amazing tales of world class scientists and madcap adventures combining to test the very limits and boundaries of the possible.
I love to read about the heroics of the past, and also gain some glimpse into the brave new future, and Desmond's epic and meticulously researched history does not disappoint.
New electric drive system for Stratford trip boat
Avon Boating have upgraded the control system on their Stratford-on-Avon based Edwardian launch
'Spray' to the Marlin 8 Marine Drive system provided by Lynch Motor Company to replace the original
elecric drive system with mechanical switch gear which has been in the boat for the last 20 years.
Another boat in the Avon Boating fleet is being fitted out this winter
with a complete electric drive system using the Marlin 5 Drive system.
UK team to compete in Solar Sport One Boat Racing
Solar Sport One is the acknowledged Formula One of solar boat racing, with speeds approaching 50 kph. This world-class competiton consists of a series of testing events over several days, including sprint, long distance, and time trials. The atmosphere is both congenial and highly competitive, and takes place simultaneously with the Young Solar challenge events, with a total of 50 teams taking part from countries as far apart as Indonesia, Poland, Portugal, the USA and Jordan.
Two lecturers, Dr Justin Hinshelwood and Senthilarasu Sundaram, from the University of Exeter College of Engineering, based in Falmouth, visited Neuuwarden, Netherlands on 5th - 7th July 2018 along with EBA General Secretary, Robert Kay, as guests of Solar Sport One. Our objective was to observe the international events, with a view to future UK participation. Following that visit, and with the continued involvement and support of the EBA, Exeter have aquired a hull and will proceed to design a new boat capable of challenging the top teams in the world.
The EBA welcomes enquiries from other Universities and Schools wishing to compete.
More information here: from Europe and also the USA Solar Splash event, which has different rules:
Electric water bus for the Kennett & Avon
The new Polish made electric water bus ‘Sir John Knill’ is set to operate on the Kennett & Avon canal
between Bathampton and Bath and will be operated by Jenkyn Knill who also operates the 1890
Gentleman's launch Lady Lena. The new pontoon boat will have console stearing and a door
and a ramp on the port side for wheelchair access, Power is via a Torqueedo 4kw outboard
Dutch Electric Hydrofoil
New Dutch boating company Edorado Marine has unveiled its first product,
an electric speedboat that floats above the water: details
Electric Boats - the Potential near You
Alongside the electric car, electric and hybrid electric boats are making a steady and silent progress around the world. The German electric marine engine manufacturer Torqeedo has recently announced a total sales of 140,000 units, while the Californian boatbuilder Duffy has now sold over 40,000 electric boats worldwide. With inboards and outboards, nearly one quarter of a million electric boats are in private and public use. Regular electric ferryboat services are in operation in seven French cities, 35 tourist boats in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Venice, Sydney, Hong Kong, Kerala (India), Valdivia (Chile) and Chobe (Botswana) and even the Galapagos Islands. By 2020 only electric boats will be permitted on the Amsterdam canals and the Swiss lakes. Since the 1980's, the Electric Boat Association has been one of the main pioneers of electric boating - and to continue that impetus, there is still much to be done around the lakes, canals and rivers of the British Isles. We should like to invite you as a EBA member to help in this, by please forwarding this message to those who organise the transport and the environment in your locality, providing them with the website address of the EBA.
From our former Chairman Jeff Hide with thanks for the international statistics to Kevin Desmond at home in France
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The Great Ouse Challenge
100.7 miles on one charge
Over the 2015 August Bank holiday weekend, Les Fidler of Westview Marina Earith achieved his personal challenge of cruising from Bedford to Denver Sluice (then the return trip to Earith), a distance of over 100 miles on one charge. Annie, Les and Elaine Fidler’s 27ft cruiser has solar panels fitted to the roof to assist charging but the weather for most of the weekend included torrential rain and very little sun to be seen.
Prof Stephen Gull’s boat Siren cruised the the length of the River Great Ouse under electric power accompanied over shorter stages by Nick and Yvonne Goldring’s Silent Adventure, and Cllr Ian Jackson’s Ripple. Les Fidler’s feat drew large crowds when passing through St Ives and a joyous, if noisy, welcome from the Town Crier.
Well done Les for demonstrating how far you can travel in an electric boat on one charge – and well done to Graham Fidler, who supported his father by kayaking the whole distance to keep him company – in spite of getting absolutely soaked on the Monday!
Oyez!, Oyez!, Oyez!
Gustave Trouvé (1839-1902)
French electrical genius & father of the electric boat
New book published by Founder Editor of Electric Boat News – Kevin Desmond.
Published by McFarland and Co. Inc. www.mcfarlandbooks.com
UK's No 1 Romantic Experience
Mills and Boon vote the Lady Lena (the oldest electric boat still operating as a trip boat) Number One Romantic Experience in the U.K. more details
Solar Assisted Electric Boat
Secret Discount from Canal and River Trust
Canal and River Trust offer a 25% licence discount for electric boats but that is not made clear when you apply on line. We have queried this with CRT and they assure us the discount will be applied ‘by the office’ so we suggest you telephone CRT’s Licensing Office on 03030 4040401 when applying for a licence for an electrically propelled craft
Regeneration Under Sail
New video from hybrid electric marine propulsion specialist Hybrid-Marine
Award for Hybrid Boats
The Electric Boat Association has been awarded the prestigious Mansura medal for its contribution towards the promotion of hybrid power.
The Mansura Trophy
Turanor PlanetSolar futuristic "super yacht"
When PlanetSolar's lithium-ion batteries are full, the vessel can navigate for 72 hours in complete darkness!
The Swiss catamaran Turanor PlanetSolar is the first vessel to travel round the world using only the power of the sun. Leaving Monaco in September 2010 the boat followed a course close to the equator, with stopovers including Miami, Cancun, the Galapagos, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Bombay and Abu Dhabi – 28 countries in total. It arrived back in Monaco on 4th May 2012 after a journey of 58,308 kilometres (36,231 miles) and now holds five Guinness World Records: for the longest journey by a boat using solar power only, the first world circumnavigation by solar powered boat, the fastest crossing of the South China Sea by solar power, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by solar power and for being the largest solar powered boat in the world.
The catamaran, built in Kiel in Germany, is 35 metres long with a beam of 15 metres and a displacement of 85 tonnes. Its upper surface is covered in 537 square metres of photovoltaic panels. Maximum engine power is 120 kW and average engine consumption is 20 kW (26.8 horsepower). Its design and construction includes many technological advances, especially in composite manufacturing and storage of solar energy. more details