uno mas wrote:
Oh man 2 x 55ah batteries. I am guessing there is a trolling motor on here. That's a lot of juice.
I was thinking the same thing. 24v 110aH. Wow. I could mix margaritas on board!
A lot of weight too. 77 lbs in batteries. That is a beast.
But wait, there is more...so, we have 80 watts of panel..(thus far)...I have an idea, but, following old Toms example, I aint saying....it will involve the addition of another 105 AH, this time in Lithium, which will give me 215 ah...this is driving a 55 lb thrust Minn Kota at the rear, (somewhere) and another 33 lb thrust Minn Kota toward the front. I hazard a guess that none has a clue as to where the 55 ah batteries actually nest..just perfectly, I might add...and the lithium batteries will be in two separate banks, some here...some there...
One 10 mm bolt holds the complete 55lb thrust motor in place, and the 33 lb motor will just kinda "sit there"...
Weight vs displacement.
With a vessel of this displacement, light weight is very much a disadvantage...the thing sits like a cork on the water with the nose cutting in far too much. By transferring some of the weight aft, with the batteries aft and LOW..this problem will be mitigated.
Conjecture has it the pyramids were built with rollers, I happen to disagree with this, however, rollers are very much the "Go" with a vessel of this magnitude. The thing is difficult enough to handle bare hull, so why bother when a 100 bucks will buy a winch. Winch...rollers....ute...home.
Now, to any that say "Oh 215 Ah is waaay too much capacity" I counter with this: Sun dont shine every day.
As to the issue of solar panels...you will find that they are just fine, hell they are designed to be outdoors, and at about a buck a watt these days, just buy another.
I have entered into discussions with a battery supplier (lithium) to provide custom packs, and am in negotiations with a solar panel manufacturer to make "fitted" panels for the hobie.
I also am able to fit another 200 watt panel to the Hobie, in addition to the 80 watts previously mentioned, giving an output of 280 watts.
I dont want the thing to just fly...I want it to FLY.
I also am considering awind turbine for those non sunny days...but you know...dont want to appear extreme.
But...when I say goodbye cruel world..know this....I will have the 12 volt shower, the lights, the winch...
Mock me not Yorrick...