You probably don't have time to wade thru the rest of this nonsense, so here's the skinny:

I intend to scratch build an ultra-light epoxyed plywood pontoon boat with a deck area of about 7 ' by 14' on 16 ' pontoons.
The craft will be powered by two 24V DC motors. The power will come from eight 12V Deep cycle marine (lead/acid) batteries that will be charged by solar panels and small vertical axis wind turbines.
The system will be split into two separate, isolated units
with one motor, two pairs of batteries, 2 wind turbines and solar array for each side.

The craft itself is still on the drawing board, there's some details left to work out but they're minor.
The current design displaces over 2200 pounds with only a 12" draught.

The plan is to take this boat from as far up the Mississippi as she can navigate down to New Orleans,
relying only on the solar and wind generated electricity she can create on board.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

About the dog...

His name is Elvis and to be honest, I can't see him not coming along.

He lives to go for rides in the truck and he's been great company on a bunch of road trips.

He swims okay, but he's not a big fan of the water. My nephew decided to put him in the pool one day and Elvis was done with swimming thereafter.

I've had him since he was weaned.
You could have fit him in a Kleenex box and still had room to hide a pint of Johnny Walker (Red Label) when I got him,
but he's getting on in years and his sense of humor isn't what it once was.

He's a great watchdog but I'm worried about him falling overboard spazzing out over a duck or something.
After a lifetime of my 14 nieces playing dress-up with him, chances of me getting him to wear a PFD are pretty slim.

The drawings are almost done, I'll have them loaded up and the links reset tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
The canopy is still bothering me, but I think I've got the tillers and console worked out.

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