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Friday, September 8 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Plug-in Boats: What You Need To Know To Get Started

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There is an increasing interest in powering boats with electricity but the technology of electric power is quite different from that of gas or diesel. This presentation will provide an introduction to electric power and include:
1. The basic physics of electricity - what is a volt, amp, amp-hr, watt, watt-hr, horsepower, difference between power and energy
2. How much power do you really need for a displacement hull? Why electric power is different from gas/diesel power
3. Estimating how much energy you need to travel a specific distance
4. Battery technology, energy stored, and weight and how this affects the distance traveled
5. Different types of electric motors readily available
6. Solar power

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Thomas Hruby

Tom is a retired aquatic ecologist and a hobby boat builder who has built 19 boats ranging from Rob Roy canoes to the St. Pierre Dory, and even a folding canoe using corrugated plastic. I built my first electric dory 23 years ago at a time when the only technology available was golf... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2023 10:00am - 10:45am PDT
Green Boating Stage