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General Category => Around the Camp Fire => Topic started by: Nathan on May 12, 2018, 02:17:22 pm

Title: Boat project
Post by: Nathan on May 12, 2018, 02:17:22 pm
Ok, finished my solar powered pontoon boat project.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180512/69d7d60f8f5949b969c83853db9f0055.jpg)

I'll post more details, but it's an '81 donor platform.  We added 48v of batteries along with some solar panels to extend our range on sunny days.  4mph with a 3 hour range without solar.  Top speed is about 5 so no tubing.  :)
I think we could go indefinitely in sunny conditions at about 2.5 mph.

Onboard 120v charging for when docked. 

No gasoline, no exhaust and very little noise.   Plus a lot of fun when people see the solar panels.




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Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: LaydBack on May 13, 2018, 09:43:29 am
Looks like a pretty proud skipper there.  Nice project, will be looking forward to seeing the rest of your pics.


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Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: Nathan on May 13, 2018, 06:19:10 pm
Yeah, my son took the controls and didn't give them up.  Fortunately he seems to be a natural at it.  :)


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Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: Nathan on May 13, 2018, 06:30:49 pm
Ok, here are some pics.  Switching from gas to electric made me rethink things a bit.  It was easy though since everything but the deck was a rotting mess.  ;)

Built my own console:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/a557f5f0dfbe42de73e7f1064b0d227e.jpg)
Added a box for the batteries:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/9c6e8860421cf4597993f46b67e94bd1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/3f78016b67a770251292a7cfd41092e6.jpg)
Added some solar charging:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/02f535ee9e40d7d61d8c555a84a7494b.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/a9cadeceaf2d4d7eb3a955d35fbc359d.jpg)
And a 4 bank charger for when shore power is available:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/3fec21d970862d37f3b84d8d3f8eb94c.jpg)
Of course need a cutoff switch, navigation lights and USB power for toys:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180513/b89498db76e64ef26f66dbdf324be581.jpg)

Its by no means a high end boat, but let's say it fits in on our lake..... Except for the propulsion.... No 2 stokes here. ;)

Oh, and it has been a lot of fun so far and I'm guessing its just beginning.



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Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: joonbee on May 13, 2018, 06:53:48 pm
Looks great nathan. Always impressed by your guys projects. I fear my boat would sink and I would electrocute myself.

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Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: Nathan on May 13, 2018, 07:19:40 pm
Looks great nathan. Always impressed by your guys projects. I fear my boat would sink and I would electrocute myself.

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There was the moment when it was backed into the water.  I'll tell you that was an open question on whether a $700 pontoon really floats.  ;)
Good news: the answer is yes.  :)


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Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: Willingtonpaul on May 14, 2018, 06:05:13 pm
nathan that's awesome !  thanks for posting it up.....very very cool.....

a three hour tour....a three hour tour.......

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Boat project
Post by: Nathan on May 14, 2018, 07:18:24 pm
nathan that's awesome !  thanks for posting it up.....very very cool.....

a three hour tour....a three hour tour.......

 ;D ;D
Oh, I'm ready for it.  I found the thing in the compass that kept making it move and now I'm sure it will be easier to navigate.  ;)


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