Sparky top speed test.

20 Jan 2012 01:58 10
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This video was taken on Sparkys first run up to Buntzen Bay, on Indian arm, where she will be stationed. Sparky started life as a Hobie 16 sailing catamaran, probably about 30 years ago. I converted her with the addition of the 6 hp Mars electric motor in an old Mercury outboard. A 5 kW/hour 48 volt lithium battery supplies the juice. She is now a fun run-about and fair weather commuter. Range is about 36 miles at 5 knots, she will go all day at this speed. At 8 knots the range is shortened to about 12 miles. The Motor is a little too low in the water, creating some extra spray, so we will adjust the motor mount up a little, and add a fairing to the front of it.

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