I created this blog to chronicle the creation of ESPcat, the Electric Solar Powered Catamaran.  I didn’t set out to build a solar powered electric boat but rather just a comfortable, practical coastal cruiser for family and friends to enjoy in the wonderful cruising grounds of the Hauraki Gulf adjacent to Auckland, New Zealand.   My wife Gallagher, had a big influence on the design.  She wanted comfort (a conventional flush toilet and shower) and no noise or foul smells.

As for myself, I like every kind of boat but I definitely love technology, alternate energy and environmentally friendly design.  The opportunity to satisfy wifely requirements and at the same time, immerse myself in technology, resulted in ESPcat.  If successful, this project will become a platform to entertain and educate on matters of the sea, sustainable development and the joys of boating in fabulous New Zealand.