My Personal Enjoyment with Sailboats
Removing the Extras
Saturday, 09 November 2013 16:08

The Tartan 27 has been stripped of all of it's unnecessary junk.  Yes that is the Atomic 4 and head sitting on the ground.  The amount of grease and soot left behind from years with that engine running is disgusting.  I will never put another gasoline or diesel engine inside of AnnArkE again.  I was thinking of going with the electric conversion but the hazards still exist with 400 amps of power running through lines in the boat.  Also wet cell batteries can be wicked dangerous if exposed to salt water or my skin.  I am aiming the route of putting a custom ladder/outboard bracket on AnnArkE.  The four stroke Nissan/ Tohatsu 9.8 hp with a 4 blade prop should move her even in a head wind with no problem.  The engine is small enough it can be stowed inside of the boat when not being used.  The only thing that will go back into the boat will be a 12 gallon fuel tank, which will be made of modern composites with no fumes entering the cabin.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 16:31
The Electric Tartan 27
Saturday, 21 January 2012 22:45

Electric Tartan 27 SailboatThe Tartan 27 about to go Electric Propulsion

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 November 2012 10:12
Electric Sailboat Range
Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:39

Electric Sailboat MotorMy goal of converting my Tartan 27 in an electric powered sailboat is well on it's way.  Back in 1991, I bought my first large boat.  It was a 32 foot wooden Chris Craft.  With the smelly 327s burning gasoline faster than I could drink water was no problem when dock fuel prices floated around $1.30 a gallon.

One day I decided I wanted to try the whole wind on the sails thing.  I still remember the day of feeling my small sailboat being pushed along on Lake Sacandaga by a breeze.  No noise, no smelly exhaust it was great until I had to fire up the 9hp 2 cycle outboard.  On my second trip out the pull starter cord broke and I had to sail back to the dock.  It was then I realized, and electric propulsion system might be more reliable.  So I took two 12 volt deep cycle batteries and bought a Minn Kota 65lb thrust trolling motor. I was surprised how nice it pushed that 21 foot day sailor off the dock and out so I could catch a beam wind.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:49