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  1. Looking good Chick, as with all your work. Motivating me to get back to the Amanda here in FL. Hope to finish her by April. Keep safe, warm and dry. RickZ
  2. Hi Mike, Thanks for joining us and your comments and ideas on promoting electric propulsion. Lots of fun plans you have developed. Thought of a 20" electric front wheel & LIPO batt like I have planned for wife's Sun3 delta trike, for your delta land sail car for calm days. Might even use studded motorcycle ice racing tires for it on frozen lakes. Built an ice-board years ago from old skate & windsurfer pieces when MD creeks froze over. Hoping to do a less expensiveTorqueedo-like package for my 12' skiff using 55# TM and 100 ah Battleborn 30# LIPOs, or 2 17# 50ah LIPOs for easier battery handling as I age. Please keep us posted on any speed and endurance #s you collect with any boat & electric power combos you create. Keep "sparkin'"safely Thanks, Rick
  3. Thanks for the tip on the Electric Boats book Chick. You might find that 40# handy in wind/current. Hope to get the Amanda hull in the water in FL by Jan and get some detailed numbers with my 55# MK max. Also some data on the old 16# and 12# mini motors I plan to try on wife's 9' Hobie Mirage Sport yak, and my 14' Kevlar canoe. LiPO's discharge curve is a challenge due to the rapid drop-off at the end of charge. Randy's 2 batts almost essential or some very accurate metering scheme. This old dog really needs the ~40-50% battery weight reduction though. Be good to see any numbers anyone can get on their boats when time and weather permits :-). Tks, Rick
  4. Received a quick response from the EP Carry mfg; "Yes, any 24v battery with the same bolt-on type terminals as our K2 Energy batteries have will work with EP Carry. You simply need to order an additional connector cable for $70. That can be ordered via mail or phone. And yes, the EP Carry motor can run continuously without any performance issues." If battery connections the same, and you want to use a larger battery, may be able to order motor at lower cost without the smaller battery (or keep it for back-up). Would have to do our own testing for range with other size LiPO batteries, unless we can find some on the web. Rick
  5. Thank for the addition info Randy. Sounds pretty good. Should then push my CS15 maybe 3-3.5 and our Amanda even more under similar loads. Seems quite a bit of use off a 9+ ah battery, and i like that they're assembled here, hopefully with high quality cells. I emailed EP to see if a heavier 50 ah 24v LiPO (30#, $1K) battery can be used for extra range, and if they have a power cable that can be bolted to a general purpose LiPO battery, e.g. one from Battleborn or a like source instead of their battery. Maybe In your BH19. Will keep all posted as I learn more. Rick
  6. 2014 CORE SOUND 15 #153 ($8500. With 2.3 Honda, custom cover, and trailer) LOA…15′, BEAM 5′-5”, DRAFT…7″ – 2′-8″ @ DWL, Overall length with trailer 21’6”, SAIL Area 100 sq. ft. Hull WEIGHT 300-350 lbs, DISPLACEMENT 750 lbs (340 kg) @ DWL With people and gear, ENGINE 2 – 10 HP; 2 HP for trolling, Capacity 5 Adults Max This Core Sound 15 #153 was expertly built and rigged by Alan Stewart of B&B Yachts to create the construction video available on the B&B Yachts website. She is in very good condition, with main mast tabernacle for fast and safe rigging. Sail track, and B&B sails with two reef points in exc. condition. Two-part epoxy paint. Has stainless rub rail and keel caps, Andersen Bailer, custom oars by Alan, 2.3 hp, air cooled Honda 4 stroke. Only a few hours on motor. New carburetor. Torsion sprung 2015 Magic Tilt galvanized trailer with bunks. Cover has zipper access and openings for both masts raised and rigged. Forward rub rails could use attention. May fit in standard garage at 21’6” overall length with trailer, or shorter if trailer tongue hinge added. She’s the CS15 in Alan’s video on the B&B CS15 web page. B&B kit alone would be ~$5,300. We’re downsizing to a B&B “electric” Amanda skiff we’re building in Florida for birding, wildlifing, exploring. More information at http://bandbyachtdesigns.com/cs15/. She's the one Alan has on the rail. Located Washington, NC. Rick Zablocki, 252-945-4472
  7. Thank you for the info Randy. Seems like a nice light unit. Be great to see some numbers on boat speed and battery duration when time permits for the 17 & 19. I'm going to try and get some more soon on my CS15. Rick
  8. Personally very interested in electric motors for main/auxiliary power and couldn't find a related thread. Thought we may be able to collect information/experiences in their use here. I experimented with a 12v 55# Minn Kota trolling motor on our CS15 couple of months ago and was happy with the result; ~3-4 mph w/2 aboard on calm creek for about 2 hrs at 1/2-3/4 throttle using 1/3 of a gr 31 AGM. Almost imperceptible motor noise. Hope to go lithium when prices of good ones go down. Tried a small Torquedo (1003 I think) a while back but didn't like its "whine" under power. Going to try the Minn Kota on the 12' Amanda I hope to finish in FL this winter to scout gators and birds. Your experiences/thoughts/ideas? Thanks, RickZ
  9. Sweet little craft Chick. Glad she moves well. Looks a very stable design. Safe fun! Rick
  10. Thanks Chick. Have to decide if Amanda is big enough for an electric camp cruiser, or if I don't sell the CS15, maybe cut and paste her into one. Hope to see ya soon. R
  11. Hi Chick, Thank you for the great pics and notes. We hope for similar adventures with Amanda when finished, both in FL and W. NC/E.TN. Trying to "imagine" a small aft porta pot hard or soft "cabin" for her (maybe just a bucket & sheet to hide under :-). Looking for new NW. NC mt. digs & ideally electric-only lake. R
  12. Still Looking? Neighbor's CS17 coming up for sale very soon in Washington NC. Rick
  13. Many thanks to Paul and all the other contributors for the comprehensive and probably life & boat saving ideas and thoughts. Will be adding appropriate items to my CS15 and Amanda, and practicing a lot. RickZ
  14. Hi, Glad you got her. Hope the mods and resale work out for you. Graham and Allen surely covered all the options with you. I kind of miss the simple roll-on sail reefing & storage of my past BRS15 and its 3rd mast hole, on my current CS15, but I'm a lazy, wandering sailor. May also have to add reef ties and sprit loops to her sails with the new mast tracks. Guess it may depend on how much performance one desires/hopes to get with the changes. Just thoughts, Rick
  15. Sounds fun. Look forward to it and whatever boats we have about then ?. Rick
  16. Thanks for the offer Don. Nice collection of clamps :-). We're way east of I-95, but visit Grandson's in Asheville so may take you up on it this summer. Yes, I have a small kayak trailer that I'll modify for a couple of yaks and the Amanda, but would like a car top boat too, and wife and I can probably still stack two 35# sections. OR could use that loader you showed - have a plan for it. Want to go electric but waiting for prices of lithium to come down. Tks, Rick
  17. I'll be following too. Like Chick, I'm always trying to get lighter as I get older and have thought a lot about a two-paw. Might sell my almost done Amanda in FL for the two-paw kit, or finish her and try her out first as a gator/bird chaser this winter. Thank for the thread and pictures. Rick
  18. Thanks Graham, I was just padding the crutch Alan built for my CS15, but I like yours with slots for the sprits and ability to keep them attached. Will send email for the .pdf. Rick
  19. Great story Chick. Glad the damage wasn't too serious. Thanks, RickZ
  20. Bit late but the Raleigh Traditional Small Craft Association is having an Asphalt Boat Show at Cabella's parking lot, 210 Cabella Dr., Carey on Sat Nov 3. Will have a variety of their boat builds there. I'll be taking my CS15. POC is Don Dill of Spartime Boatworks. RickZ
  21. Thanks for the info Don & Bob, Will be great when we're adventuring in FL too. Sound like it may be good to add some lat/long notes to some charts before binding/laminating. RickZ
  22. Nice looking Core Sound 17 on ENC Craigslist in Beaufort. No sail # though? Just FYI. Rick
  23. Glad to hear all ok, and hopefully shop/boats not badly damaged. Had about 4' + some wave action in our yard & 6' crawlspace east of Washington, no power till yesterday, and cable/inet today. Bottom of the #12 day mark was only about 18" from the surface. Water still very high. No structural damage but big mess like everyone. RickZ
  24. Many thanks to all that participated and for all the shared information and suggestions. Mick n RickZ
  25. Just noticed my second batten (CS15) fits about 1/2" short allowing a curl too. Going to just add stitching to the front of the pocket to shorten it a bit & try for a better fit. Rick
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