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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.”

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.”

UK to France. Our first European country.

Newlyn UK to Brest France. Bon Voyage UK for now! We couldn’t stay in Newlyn for long, but I’d like to say. It’s a long time since I was in Cornwall. Padstow and Newlyn have still got a traditional charm and I look forward to visiting when we get back. Time to crack on withContinue reading “UK to France. Our first European country.”

Rounding Land’s End, heading for Newlyn.

I read it somewhere “You have to plan, not to plan”. Newlyn, here we come and not the Silly’s :-> You can’t plan to far ahead when you are sailing. The date was the 16th August, almost 3 weeks after leaving Maryport. On schedule!! Our priority is to cross the Bay of Biscay before stormyContinue reading “Rounding Land’s End, heading for Newlyn.”

Making our way South.

Its hard to get off the hamster wheel. Using the electric drive/engine, when not needed, wasn’t going to teach us anything. Its a tough learning curve. Carbon free if possible “yes” but a skipper has a responsibility to the crew/wife, RNLI & self. For emergency’s only. I fitted a Hyundai 7kw, air cooled, LPG siteContinue reading “Making our way South.”