No operator around the world wants the headaches, repairs or headlines associated with a catastrophic safety event. This blog covers the good, the overboard and the missing elements of current safety regulations for electric propulsion on commercial vessels.
In 2007, the California Air Resources Board adopted Commercial Harbor Craft regulations that required certain classes of commercial marine vessels to upgrade their diesel engines to cleaner diesel engines.
In order to make the reduction of emissions easier, California created the Carl Moyer Program that provides funding based on the amount of emissions reduced.
California has now proposed an update to the Commercial Harbor Craft regulations that will require the following two categories of vessels to adopt zero-emission technology:
* New excursion vessels will be required to be zero-emission capable hybrid and 30% of their power must be derived from zero-emission sources by January 1, 2025
* New and in-use short-run (less than 3 nautical miles) ferries will be required to be zero-emission by January 1, 2026
At Green Yachts, we love electric boats because they are quiet, don’t have the noxious fumes a diesel engine has, are easy to maintain and allow us to experience the natural joy of being on a sailboat without having to wait to turn off the diesel engine. It is the same for all of us who drive electric cars who love how great a driving experience is in an electric car compared to a gas car.
We also love Dolphin Paint, a silicone based paint that replaces the ablative paint most boaters use on their boat bottom because it lasts longer and makes a boat 8% faster.
But on this day, Earth Day, we also want to remember how critically important it is that we prioritize green living habits and green buying in order to reduce our human impact on our glorious and fragile Earth. We must take action now if our children and our children’s children will have an ocean with whales and other marine life to enjoy.
If you have ever gotten a line wrapped around your propeller on a boat with a diesel engine, you know what a nightmare it can be.
Whether it be your own anchor line, fish netting adrift at sea, crab pot lines with buoys that are too often covered in dark algae and impossible to see or any myriad of lines that can foul your propeller, it’s a problem.
Diving down with a knife often in cold water to cut the lines or worse having to get towed into shore, getting a line wrapped around a propeller is awful and something to be avoided. For any boater who has dealt with this, it is something we never want to deal with again.
Live off the grid!” That’s part of the allure of getting an electric boat and using solar, wind and hydroregeneration to power everything on board. No more diesel engine, no more propane stove, completely disconnect. Completely off-grid.
However, as Lee Corso on ESPN’s College Game Day says, “Not so fast my friend!” That’s because there is no electric cooking system today that is viable on a pure electric boat.
So, with the help of a few other sailors who between them and I have sailed over 50,000 miles on electric boats and spent years living onboard, Green Yachts put together this blog post about cooking on an electric boat.
When we write the history book of how electric sailing began, Dan and Kika from Sailing Uma definitely will have a chapter. For years, they have been sailing around the world with an electric sailboat and sharing their story with the world. They have helped us all learn that electric sailing is possible, even for a young couple who didn’t know how to sail when they started their journey.
Hundreds of thousands of us around the world watch their videos. But what’s it like behind the scenes sailing with Dan and Kika? This blog post reflects my experience sailing with them for five days in December 2020 when I met up with them in Croatia to test sail hull #1 of Salona’s new S460 with twin Oceanvolt electric motors.
Oh, what a joy it was to sail hull #1 of the new Salona S460 in Croatia.
As a yacht broker, I get to sail a lot of different boats. In general, I find that 30-foot sailboats are easy to handle, but slow. Performance sailboats above 40 feet and most production sailboats above 50 feet go faster, but can be a handful to sail because their sail area is so big and steering can be unwieldy.
Why can’t a sailboat be powerful and easy to handle?
Well, sailing world, I would like you to meet the new Salona S460 – the fast, yet easy to sail 44-foot sailboat.
Twin electric motors is most definitely a game changer for the electric revolution on the water.
This blog explains why.
We at Green Yachts often think about what factors will accelerate the transition from boats with diesel and gas engines to electric. In our minds, there are four and we have in 2020, for the first time, checked off two of the four on the list.
We believe the four factors are:
- Twin electric motors
- Increased range from sustainable sources (better batteries, solar, hydrogen, etc)
- Boat redesign around electric propulsion
Even if one never competes in an offshore sailing race like the Pac Cup, the Mackinac, or the Vendée Globe or a local race like the Vineyard Cup or the Anacortes Race Week, sailors by and large appreciate speed. Today’s sailor wants a fast sailboat. Makes sense. We at Green Yachts appreciate fast sailboat designs for three reasons:
- It increases the percent of time on the water a sailor can sail and not use auxiliary power
- Faster sailboat designs allow electric propulsion systems to have greater range
- Sailing is more fun in a faster sailboat!
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