Solar powered Amp Eater

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:47 pm

Carl,
Yes, it is encouraging when the progress is highly visible. I wish my progress could be a some what quicker. It has been almost 2 years since I ordered the plans. I thought I would have it built in 6 or 7 months.
Matt -- don't fret about not seeing it completed at this years gathering. Even though it is under power, the Aquatron will still have a little ways to go. It should be complete by the next gathering though. (sounds like an echo from last year)
I am enjoying the journey and learning new skills. I really appreciate the encouragement from the Glen-l forum gang.
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:49 am

We made it to the G-11 with deck and hardware installed.
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Aquatron in the water at Hales Bar Marina
While we were there my sister in law Melanie of Mel's Marine Upholstery finished my custom boat cover.
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Aquatron with new custom cover
We cruised around for over 30 miles this past weekend on about 4 kw of electricity. We averaged about 4.2 mph with a maximum speed of 6.4 mph (downstream)
Aquatron under way.JPG
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by Bill Edmundson » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:38 pm

I love it Dave! Glad you were there!

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by DrBryanJ » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:33 pm

She looks great Dave :!: Wish I had been there to see her.

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by Hercdrvr » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:13 pm

I got to ride in the boat last weekend, it is surprisingly fast. It's not some trolling motor powered boat, the prop really bites when Dave twists the juice knob and he knows exactly how much wattage he's using and his range. He gets my vote for the cool boat at G-11.
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:26 pm

We took the Aquatron out for one last cruise before cold weather sets in. It was a beautiful day in the mid 70's here in Columbus, Ohio. We had a family picnic and multiple boat rides. We put about 10 more miles on the Amp Eater. The leaves are just beginning to change on the trees and made for a scenic cruise. The bluetooth speaker fits right into its spot at the back of the console. We enjoyed streaming music on our ride today. We didn't have to play it very loud since we only needed to hear it over the sound of the water moving past the hull of the boat.

The reservoir has been lowered a few feet for the winter and also to expose the mud flats for the migratory birds. We found the top of a submerged dam on one of the tributaries that we normally pass over with 3-4 feet or more of clearance. I am thankful for a deep skeg that protects the prop and rudder when scraping bottom on solid under water structures. Needless to say I will have some paint touch-up to do on the shoe. I guess it is the price you pay for being adventurous.

The amp eater never fails to get admiring glances from passers by. It certainly is a unique configuration in these parts of mostly fishing boats and pontoon boats. It is hard to stay home and work on the boat when you can be in the water enjoying it.
Who knows there may be another unseasonably warm weekend that we may be able to sneak in another outing.

We have put on over 80 miles averaging 4.2 m.p.h. over ground according to my GPS. I hope to more than double the number of miles next year.

We ate dinner at Antonio's restaurant that is withing walking distance to the boat ramp and discovered that they deliver to the dock in the event we want to eat on our boat. Maybe next time.

The charger is topping off the batteries right now so the Aquatron will be ready whenever the next opportunity presents itself.
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by vupilot » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:19 am

Sounds like a great time Dave, we did the same here with the Zip this weekend. Leaves will probably peak next weekend here. Highs are only in the 50's next week.

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Fri May 25, 2018 9:21 am

Oh the decisions. It is Memorial Day weekend. Do I work some more on the boat or do we put in the water. I was kinda thinking of working on some of those things I just haven't finished up until.....The phone rings and Wayne asks, Are you putting the boat in Monday?
Well there will be other days to work on the boat.
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by hoodman » Fri May 25, 2018 9:43 am

Just to throw a wrench in the mix... everyone that owns something that floats will also be there. :wink:
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by EnsWayne » Fri May 25, 2018 10:41 am

I'd be happy to help you work on the boat instead. Does the skeg still need touching up?
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Fri May 25, 2018 1:43 pm

I will have all the touch ups below the water line done. Scraping bottom is the price I pay for being adventurous. (I think that perhaps is the reason for the oak shoe on the skeg)
I wanted to get the boat in the water anyway - It's been over 6 months on dry land.
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Tue May 29, 2018 8:43 am

Here we are at the Charles Mill Lake boat launch. The Aquatron is taking on important passengers. We cruised around the 1300 acre lake 2-1/2 times in the course of 4 hours logging nearly 20 miles. It reached 91 degrees but cruising at 5.2 mph gave sufficient breeze.
(the fat guy with the wide brimmed hat is Capt Dave)
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Aquatron boarding passengers at the Charles Mill Lake Dock Memorial Day 2018
I got many "nice boat" shout outs this week end and a couple of "nice old boat - what is it" comments. It feels good to reply with the time tested response -"I built it myself, with plans from Glen-L." The next question is usually "How long did it take?"
I never get tired of pulling up the seats and showing the inboard electric propulsion system and answering all sorts of questions like I used to ask.
It feels good to be a boat builder.
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by rleete » Thu May 31, 2018 8:26 am

CaptDave wrote:(the fat guy with the wide brimmed hat is Capt Dave)
Looks like you need to build another boat. I hear sanding is great exercise...

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Post by CaptDave » Thu May 31, 2018 2:14 pm

rleete wrote:
CaptDave wrote:(the fat guy with the wide brimmed hat is Capt Dave)
Looks like you need to build another boat. I hear sanding is great exercise...

Sounds like a plan to me...
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