Whelp, it didn't go exactly as planned.
I grabbed 2 of the Directors from our Board and BMG Program Director Sean to accompany our initial 'test' of green technology and do a short sailing lesson. We strapped our first green test piece to the transom- a 3 hp electric motor- and gave her a spin to test the efficiency and range.
In the slip the motor passed all the usual tests: start/ stop, forward, reverse, neutral. It was a robust, albeit little, force to reckon with. I was surprised and satisfied.
Unfortunately, the tender motor began whirling. Ineffective, persistent whirling... What happened?
Worse, we had cut the dock lines and pushed back. Suddenly whirling!. While the engine revved, the prop spun at a fraction of the payload in reverse- perhaps 1/3 a knot, when it should be going at least 3. This could not be right. Having returned the SUP paddles from the last journey, we were afloat in the channel...
Fast forward some trouble shooting, scrapping, sculling, pulling, and drifting... a sacrificial pin had broken within the prop. A quick call and short drive to the saviors at Santa Cruz Marine Services, a new pin was fabricated from a welding rod. I drove back to a dock 200 yards from where we had started and installed the pin. Back on the road, but out of time.
We skooched around the harbor for a bit and tested the thrust. It was pretty good, although in flat water, motors always perform well. We retired the 'sail' happy to have had a good learning experience in the sanctity of our familiar harbor. I returned the fragile electric motor.
Not at all back to the drawing board. I think an electric motor, with the right charge system will be great, we'll just have to learn more about them.
Officially started. Cleaned her out, scrubbed the bilge, gathered 4 SUP paddles, and got some vikings to paddle here out of the harbor en route to the Advanced Wilderness Life Support course in Big Sur. Engineless fun- that's the idea. Lot's to do to restore this beauty- Hull #1 of the Santa Cruz born and raised Wilderness 30's. WOW! The beginning of a bright red, GREEN machine.