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Such a great boat!
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A most peaceful vessel! Always enjoy seeing it. Thanks Dave.

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Yea! Warm weather is finally here... and shelter in place restrictions are being lifted. The docks at the city reservoirs are supposed to be in this week.
The batteries on the Aquatron are charged and I am ready to get out on the water.
Boat Ramp we often use.
Boat Ramp we often use.
I will keep the boat in the driveway for a while and hope to get the solar panels installed by July 4th. I am trying to decide how I want to build the solar panel rack/roof. I am thinking of using 1-1/2" dia. PVC or maybe 1" square aluminum tubing welded with the aluminum welding rods you use with a propane torch. I will make flanges that will allow me to remove it for trailering. Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated.
Very Rough sketch of solar panel installation
Very Rough sketch of solar panel installation
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There is an interesting story of a guy that went 337 miles on Ontario's Trent-Severn waterway in Small Boat Monthly(Sept.2019)that did what you're asking.Maybe that could give you a few ideas :D
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Awesome. Yes that is what I want to do...only half the solar panels though. I want to keep the top weight to a minimum.
I am going to read that article today.
Thanks Chug for the heads up!
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Looking forward to seeing the upgrades.
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That will be an interesting addition.
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I am still working on the solar panel installation. I hope to have it ready in time for the gathering.
Sunday Morning at Hale Bar Marina 2018  Aquatron.jpg
More Good News!
The Electric Boat Association of America sponsored event the Wye Island Electric Boat Marathon is on and the Aquatron is a registered participant.
Here is a description of the race:

"The race takes place in the waters off Maryland’s Eastern Shore near St. Michaels, MD (approximately 50 road miles from Annapolis).
The 24 mile course encompasses 8 miles of relatively open water at the mouth of the Miles River where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, and 16 miles of sheltered water of the Wye River which circles picturesque Wye Island. Including a significant amount of open water in the course assures the boats have real world capabilities while the sheltered water section provides an enjoyable and interesting ride."

This years race is scheduled for Friday Oct. 2nd with a rain date of Sat. Oct. 3rd.
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I am fairly certain that the Aquatron will be the first Glen-L to be in the race in 19 years of running.
We will be running in the picnic class which gets points for comfort and # of passengers aboard as well as time.
Our goal is to finish the race within the allotted time period (6 hours)
I hope to complete the course in 5 hours - not including the mandatory 10 minute stop at the mid point - which is quite necessary unless you have a head on board.
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Good luck Dave!

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thanks Bill!
Ensign Wayne ("sparky" ) and I are planning a 24 mile test on Hoover reservoir just north of Columbus this weekend. 4 laps between the 2 bridges just to be sure what we can expect from the batteries.
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Cool Dave, Ive followed the Wye electric marathon for a while now. Cant wait for a report and pictures! See ya in a couple weeks

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Dave,
Your Amp eater is one of my favorite boats !
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Hercdrvr wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:58 pm
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Thanks Matt. We certainly have enjoyed it. See you in 2 weeks!
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Hercdrvr wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:58 pm
Dave,
Your Amp eater is one of my favorite boats !
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Thanks Matt. We certainly have enjoyed it.
Chris, I am glad to meet another person who has even heard of the Electric oat Marathon.
I have been wanting to be in it for a couple of years. We will get some pics. It is being covered by Prop Talk Magazine which covers the Chesapeake Bay area.
See you in 2 weeks!
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

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That sounds like a fun adventure, Dave. Looking forward to seeing you soon
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