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by Fred in Wisc
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Yoda's HMD18
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Yoda's HMD18

Dang, I wish you weren't 2000 miles away.....
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: Stitch and Glue Pedal Boat
Replies: 76
Views: 5684

Re: Stitch and Glue Pedal Boat

Yup. It's simple and durable. Just takes them a little bit to figure out which way you turn as you push and pull. I'm pretty happy with how this one worked out, the only thing I'd change is to use a bigger gear on the paddles, the pedaling effort is a little high, but it moves along pretty well comp...
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: Stitch and Glue Pedal Boat
Replies: 76
Views: 5684

Re: Stitch and Glue Pedal Boat

I never posted pics of the final product. Here it is. Abby picked the color. I let the kids pick any color they want as long as it's bright so we can identify them easily out on the lake, and to maximize their visibility so the jet skiers and wakeboarders don't run them over. https://forums.bateau2....
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Builder's Small Boats
Topic: 8' Cheap Canoe for Little Kids
Replies: 21
Views: 1091

Re: 8' Cheap Canoe for Little Kids

I never put up launch pics. Shame on me. After our first test launch, we determined that it didn't track well- way too "wiggly" when he paddled. I added a full length skeg about 1 1/4" tall. That made a huge difference. We added a backrest too. It's still not painted- thinking it'll be spar varnish ...
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?
Replies: 27
Views: 528

Re: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?

correct, normally 2, sometimes up to 6. I'm ok with that being a bit of a squeeze since it's not the normal.
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?
Replies: 27
Views: 528

Re: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?

She wants a pontoon boat. A relatively small one. We live on the lake and she likes an early morning or evening cruise around- slow n quiet. Ability to take a few guests, or take the kids out swimming at the sand bar. Doesn't want to mess around with an outboard. Doesn't want to carry gas tanks. Doe...
by Fred in Wisc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?
Replies: 27
Views: 528

Re: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?

Thanks for the input, gentlemen. I agree in general electric ain't quite ready for "regular" use yet, but this is an unusual case. So, I'm leaning towards the EC24, just gonna have to rearrange the dock when I put it in next year to accomodate the length. Fortunately, charging and battery bank are s...
by Fred in Wisc
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?
Replies: 27
Views: 528

Re: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?

I was thinking about 100w of panels (around 8 sq feet) for each battery (2 on board). In an average nice summer day, figuring 10 hours (out of 14 or so in summer) of decent sunlight, and a 30% derating for inefficiency, that's around 700w per battery daily. Fits on a 4x8 roof section approximately. ...
by Fred in Wisc
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?
Replies: 27
Views: 528

Re: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?

Thanks for the input, I was looking at a much smaller electrical system but if it not going to drive the boat adequately, I'll need to do some pondering......
by Fred in Wisc
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?
Replies: 27
Views: 528

Re: Smaller pontoon boat- EC24 or PC20 but shorter?

Since weight will be a concern, I'll address the propulsion system. I'm thinking of a 100watt solar panel with a controller, 2 80-100ah 12v batteries (or maybe one 80-100 ah and one smaller 35ah unit). A 12v trolling motor around 40-50# thrust (bigger if I need, but the 40-50# are pretty inexpensive...