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Old 01 April 2017, 14:48   #31
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afternoon rib net community.
nursing another beer after a part day of rib project work.

Now just working to the next big job, of cutting down the longitudinals to enable the i3 battery to sink lower through the deck.
after the cut I have to take the rib to my boat builder friends to laminate the strength back that i will have cut out. This will be one of two jobs that I will not do, partly due to materials and time.
The second, I am very pleased that the rib will now receive new "Torqeedo coloured tubes, grey, black and orange" care of Tilley inflatables,Devon.

naturally only a deeply passionate electrical propulsion fan, would put such alot of my hard earned savings into such a project. I also have choosen a rib size and weight that has already been proven, when powered by a Torqeedo deep blue 80hp.
I know I must remain realistic that e- propulsion has a way to go before we can compare the energy density to diesel or petrol. For me if my family can enjoy a wake board, I can get them all out for a fish, i'm happy. Can me tight fisted, I just do not want to pay for petrol. Interestingly I will be fitting a 3kw 230ac charger to charge the i3. should n't be too hard to do the maths to see how much 22kw would cost to charge.

Please keep your posts and replies coming, its a very healthy debate so far!!

happy weekend and enjoy the sun.

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Old 01 April 2017, 15:00   #32
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jamie, far be it from me to tell you how to spend your money but i wouldn't retube this until you have tried it for a while and assuming the tubes hold air?

i don't think anyone can call you tight fisted, quite the opposite given the cost of doing this. you could buy 10,000 litres of fuel for the cost of the small torqueedo battery so anyone who says you are being tight aint worth listening to!

keep the pics coming!
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Old 01 April 2017, 15:47   #33
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Travelling a little slower someone converting a yacht from smokey diesel to clean electric.

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Old 02 April 2017, 05:30   #34
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jamie, far be it from me to tell you how to spend your money but i wouldn't retube this until you have tried it for a while and assuming the tubes hold air?

i don't think anyone can call you tight fisted, quite the opposite given the cost of doing this. you could buy 10,000 litres of fuel for the cost of the small torqueedo battery so anyone who says you are being tight aint worth listening to!

keep the pics coming!


Dubrus,

Thanks for your reply.
Importantly i wanted my project is also to help fuel this debate.

I am in a very lucky position and have also already been fortunate enough to have experienced the performance of this propulsion system to know my money and drive is well placed. I very much appreciate your views and consideration. It would give me great pleasure to give you the chance to experience the e-rib yourself, when its finished!

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Its tube time!!!

Some uninteresting work on the trailer, just to get it back on the road and legal!

But it was a good journey to Tilley inflatables, Totnes. The rib has now been safely received by Samantha.
Now i have 3-4weeks of work on the console, seating and floor frame, before the new tube work will be completed.
Finally agreed an orange stripe to run around above the black tier drop strake, think it will look good.
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Very interesting project you have going there. Good luck with it please keep the posts going irrespective of the results as the majority of the members here have a genuine interest in this project

Take no notice of the nay Sayers. However do not be too hasty to dismiss what may appear to be negative comments as there is a lot of experience available on this fourm

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Old 02 May 2017, 07:22   #37
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Finally i've unpackaged the BMW i3 high voltage battery today. Due to budget i have had to purchase this second hand and when the rib returns from retubing i will get it fitted, but for the meantime I'll give it a clean !Click image for larger version

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Wow, that's a BIG battery. Interesting to see what's in these cars.
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did you look for leaf battery ?
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Old 09 May 2017, 19:00   #40
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Cut and cover

I sent my battery cover frame away for powder coating. Its back now ive fit the deck cut out into it.
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Next job, whilst the retubing still goes on.... lighting
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