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March 3rd - Solar Powered "Electric Paddle" Outboard

posted Feb 12, 2020, 1:08 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Feb 13, 2020, 4:34 PM ]

Joe Grez from Electric Paddle ( will present his experiences cruising in a small boat using solar power to drive an electric outboard motor. Given all the deck space multihulls have, solar power is a natural source of power; plus multihulls sensitivity to weight means the very light weight Electric Paddle is a natural driver for multihull dinghies. This means us multihullers will find much to appreciate in Joe's talk which is outlined below:    

“Low Anxiety Electric Propulsion for Long Distance Cruising”  -- Because we use manufactured liquid fuels for propulsion, we've become fixated on capacity and range.  However, by combining solar with electric, it's now practical to use the energy nature provides in real time, making range anxiety irrelevant.  We will show how Solar propulsion works for practical cruising, present solar electric design rules, and show examples of successfully demonstrated designs.  We will also preview a tool for predicting your own system performance that can later be used for plotting and planning your own solar cruises.