See how happy Borderline looks, floating with her friends. We have had some beautiful weather lately but quite cold here in Auckland. And what’s really cool is that the latest version of the Solar Generator V3 appears to be working well and keeping the refrigerator cool in the safe range. With the cold weather, the […]Read more "ESPcat Floating Among Friends"
My God this is exciting! It’s almost as good as sex! I just love a new lithium battery! These ones are 50Ah or 185 Wh. There are 7 cells for a total of 1,295 Wh. Since you can only really use 80% of a lithium battery (compared to about 35% of a lead-acid battery) the […]Read more "ESPcat Solar Generator V3"
SEIZING CABLES – I went to a lot of trouble to tidy up the workbench before taking the cover photo for this blog. My friend Charlie Reichner claimed that when he visited our old farm house in Maine, he could see the remains of every project the family had been involved with for the past […]Read more "ESPcat Seizure Control for Boats and the World Economy"
Borderline looks quite peaceful sitting there at the end of the dock but it was a bit of a performance getting her there. It turns out that like many a good woman, she is quite headstrong. When designing the cabin shape, I was careful to make her streamlined when going into the wind. This is […]Read more "ESPcat Headstrong Lady"
One of the things that has kept me from going out on Borderline is the difficulty of picking up the mooring on my own. Borderline is so wide (6.4 meters) that she is difficult to maneuver if she gets sideways to the tidal current. I have learned from bitter experience that you can’t manhandle a […]Read more "ESPcat Mooring"
Over lunch with my friend Noel recently we discussed the takeover of diesel and petrol powered cars by electric vehicles. Noel was certain that internal combustion engine cars would be around for another 50 years. I’m pretty sure he is wrong. Stanford University economist Tony Seba predicted in a 2017 report that liquid fueled cars […]Read more "ESPcat Oil Powered Cars Soon Obsolete (electric solar powered catamaran)"
I’ve been a bit busy for the last month with multiple overseas visitors so now it’s back to the solar powered boat project. This project has become a metaphor for life in that there have been multiple setbacks and multiple opportunities to give up. The whole “giving up” thing really isn’t all that much fun […]Read more "ESPcat Version III Solar Generator (electric solar powered catamaran)"