I’m going to miss the smell of gasoline. What is The Man’s Machine supposed to do when the liquid fuels distribution system (gas stations) collapses? I confess, I love riding him. Even his sound is good. On the other hand, I am getting a bit old to be roaring around the back roads on a […]Read more "ESPcat Missing the Smell of Gasoline"
Just look at that lovely, curvaceous bottom. It reminds me of a Kylie Minogue music video! Those water molecules have no trouble sliding along that lovely hull causing almost no wave action at 8 knots. I finished the arduous task of cleaning and sanding the bottom and applying two coats of antifouling paint. I used […]Read more "ESPcat Curvaceous Narrow Bottom"
When it comes to technology, it’s all about catching the wave. If you miss the wave, you become one of those sad and sorry folk who watch bewildered from the sidelines as technology races ahead without you. If you are not in the right place at the right time, it is easy to miss out. […]Read more "ESPcat Catching the EV wave in a BMW i3 Rex"
It has been such a great week so I decided to have a conversation with Jack. We sat down and I told him everything. We discussed solar powered boats of course. He is such a good listener. First off, there is Jack himself, a lovely 75th birthday present from Daughter Zoey and her husband Lee. […]Read more "ESPcat A Conversation With Jack"
Elon Musk has done it again. He said Battery Day would be insane and it was. His new 4680 battery system gives Tesla a 16% range increase and will cost less than half. I can’t wait to put a set of these “bad boys” into the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran). So how did Musk […]Read more "ESPcat New Tesla Battery Costs Less Than Half"
Let’s face it. China is becoming a rogue state. Passage of the Hong Kong Security Law makes it clear that nobody, anywhere in China is safe or free.(1) If China wants you to disappear, then you disappear. There will be no jury, no defense lawyer and no right of appeal. Hong King media tycoon Jimmy […]Read more "ESPcat Should Australia be Making Lithium Batteries Rather Than China"
Before I get into the technical bit, I have to report that we are back in lockdown after 100 days of virus freedom. My guess is that someone working in one of the isolation hotels caught the virus but was asymptomatic and didn’t realize they were spreading sickness everywhere. On the positive side, I see […]Read more "ESPcat Hot Air MPPT-7210A"
What the hell is a kWh anyway? Well, it is an amount of energy equal to 1,000 watts for one hour. Look at it another way. 10 kWh is 10,000 watts for 1 hour or the amount of energy required to drive a 10 kW electric outboard motor for 1 hour at full power. I […]Read more "ESPcat $100 per kWh by 2024"
Jacinda says we have now moved from Level 4 Lockdown to Level 3. I can now go visit the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran) for the first time in a month. Worry had begun to set in because I left an open packet of frozen squid bait in the freezer compartment of the fridge. Just […]Read more "ESPcat Easing Out of Lockdown"
Oh my God! I’m in coronavirus lockdown! Not allowed to visit the Electric Solar Powered Catamaran. Can only dream about her from afar. I can’t even see Borderline so I must rely on this image of her by David Barker.* So I’m amusing myself by reading a biography of physicist Erwin Schrodinger by John […]Read more "ESPcat Lockdown"