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A Sailing dream, Now a Reality.

The dream becomes reality. We sailed South, to the ALGARVE in PROTUGAL!!! On 24th July 2021, we started our epic journey, from Maryport in the UK. Sailing and living onboard OCEAN STRIDER. Continuing South for more than 1,000 miles, as the crow flies. Sailing roughly 1,500, nautical miles, to our destinations on the way. We’veContinue reading “A Sailing dream, Now a Reality.”

Sustainable and living the dream!

THE CHERRY ON TOP! OCEAN STRIDER’s, renewable, sustainable electrical system, explained. A boat can be as comfortable as a house & more sustainable. I’ve lived on boats, on the inland waterways and the salty sea since 1989. I’m not sure I could live any other way. For personal use and through business, I’ve fit outContinue reading “Sustainable and living the dream!”

Long term test. Sailing Electric.

Extended Cruising, using an Electric Powered Sail Boat. It’s over a year since I fitted the electric drive to OCEAN STRIDER. Practical information regarding its use, is almost impossible to find. Manufacturers just don’t have the time to do what we are doing. I can only assume this is why. Uptake on electric powered sailContinue reading “Long term test. Sailing Electric.”

SAILING ELECTRIC. It’s a REALITY.

How do I pass on my confidence? Electric Drive on a sailing boat works and works well. A sail boat with electric drive, must be up there as one of the most fuel-efficient forms of transport on the planet. More than 1,500 nautical miles and 3 months extended cruising on OCEAN STRIDER, has forced usContinue reading “SAILING ELECTRIC. It’s a REALITY.”

Living our dream, learning lots.

Check The Boat, Work A Course, Check the Weather. 2 months of cruising, with more than a 1,000miles of sailing, on our electric powered sail boat “OCEAN STRIDER” has been a valuable experience. We left Maryport in Cumbria, UK, on 24 Jul 2021, and arrived at Peniche, on the Atlantic coast of Portugal (Nr Lisbon)Continue reading “Living our dream, learning lots.”

More than One way to skin a Cat

BarcelonaSail » Blog Barcelona Sail » Electric boat propulsion best solutions » Best electric drive system for sailboats November 24, 2016//  by Sailing Barcelona Criteria for best electric drive system for sailboats In our first blog on electric sailboat conversion we described our initial criteria for an electrical drive system. First of all we want to reduce the drag. In addition we want to use theContinue reading “More than One way to skin a Cat”

Bay of Biscay, my electric drive learning curve and our track.

A lot of catching up. My phone has been lost, my fault. Most images are gone. Second half of the Bay of Biscay, 150 miles from land & heavy seas. Both feeling ill and somewhat down in the dumps. No VHF radio contact, no sat phone, drive had tripped and the out-hall snapped, looking veryContinue reading “Bay of Biscay, my electric drive learning curve and our track.”

OCEAN STRIDER’s electricity supplies.

Fitting and using energy supplies. We’re getting better at saving energy all the time. Powering the energy efficient, Lynch electric drive. 30% More efficiant than a diesel engine. No gearbox!! I had a 316 stainless steel frame, made to my design, to fit 4 x 100w solar panels, made by Eco Worthy. They were reasonablyContinue reading “OCEAN STRIDER’s electricity supplies.”

OCEAN STRIDERS’s electric drive.

Something in my head was telling me. It makes sense to fit a DC electric drive, to Ocean Strider. A blockage in the water cooling system of the Bukh, caused a catastrophic engine failure. Our choices: Replace the Bukh engine with new. Cost, almost £13,000 with fitting. Replace with re-con engine and trust it wasContinue reading “OCEAN STRIDERS’s electric drive.”