As the world looks beyond fossil fuel, we are evolving towards a zero carbon future and, regardless of the energy source, electric is the obvious choice for the future of boating.

The team can assist with design, supply, installation and certification. we are expedition sailors and we know what works, and what does not! Quality and testing is at the heart of our ethos, and we work with the very best.

It’s a new era for marine power, with engineers in North Devon, Plymouth and Falmouth with yard and lift out services available at all locations, for whatever you sail we are here to help.

Sailing electric is;

  1. Quiet
  2. Reliable
  3. Responsive
  4. Flexible in terms of energy storage

A comprehensive range of electric outboards is now available, from 1kW to 100kW and ideal for small dinghies and yacht tenders through to fishing, ribs and workboats.

A myriad of options exist for inboard systems, with both shaft drive and pod, or sail drive available at different voltages depending on the size and range of the application.

The key to a successful electric conversion is understanding your “duty cycle”. I.e. the way that you currently use your power and propulsion system, both from power (how fast and how heavy) and energy (for how long) perspectives. This initial design brief will aid your understanding of the shift from fossil fuel to electric before you commit to buy.

Power & Energy

The emergence of higher density energy storage facilities and their continued safe practice is a key component for a rapid decarbonisation strategy.

Many upgraded power delivery systems currently use Lithium, and specifically LiFePO4 technology due to its stability vs density and is now the go to for high performance marine energy storage, but there are some things to be aware of, safety is critical, and you need to be sure that:.

 

  1. The battery management system (BMS) is designed to operate with the chosen battery and connected devices are compatible. This protects the batteries from overheating and is the single most critical piece of equipment to consider.
  2. Cooling in your situation is adequate (both the electric motor and the control systems)
  3. Warranties are in place, i.e. build quality is guaranteed
  4. Your insurers are content with your installation

Informed choices

Online you can find plenty of advice on DIY options, including cheap sources of lithium ion batteries. 

Please don’t go buying cheap products from unknown manufacturers. If they seem to be amazing value, beware!

Standards exist both for electric propulsion and lithium ion batteries in marine applications.

Ideally, your installer should confirm that installation is to those standards (ISO 16315 for electric propulsion and ISO Tech Standard 23625 for the batteries).

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