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Old 25 March 2017, 17:13   #1
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Electric rib project

Some might call it a mid life crisis!
Maybe it was, but it was well discussed before i went and booked bought it!!

Yes at near 40yrs old i realised my life needs a rib!

But to add to this, I wanted an electric rib!

I dont mean electric start or electric tilt i mean electric propulsion.

So i did my research and found that a 6metre was optimal for a Torqeedo deep blue 80hp outboard.

So now i have made the step.
Im a proud owner of a very sun burnt 2003 picton cobra 6metre rib.

The cobra 6m, ticks all the boxes i have identified to make this project work-

Enough room for the high voltage lithium battery( which is the very same battery the bmw i3 car has in it)

Adequate space for the system components to be located without losing all storage space.

The weights all work out.

Good enough performance to get a wake boarding session in with the family and get to some of my favourite fishing sites.


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So here is goes first job strip the seating out and remove the 90litre fuel tank, which appears to be full of petrol..... what the hell do you do with 90litres of unwanted fuel??? Call your mates up... what else?Click image for larger version

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Old 25 March 2017, 19:13   #2
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Good on ya! I will be interested to see how it comes on.
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Old 25 March 2017, 21:05   #3
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you beet me to it !
i have electric van
and be second time this year i put fuel in my t5 !
good luck
here if you need bit help
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Old 26 March 2017, 16:33   #4
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It took some work, but the old fuel tank has now been drained and petrol given to the local yacht club!
I have now cut all of the floor out that has allowed me to remove the tank and expose the area where the lithium battery will be sunken into the hull. See before afterClick image for larger version

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Old 26 March 2017, 17:07   #5
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Looks like a cool and interesting project good luck.
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Old 28 March 2017, 02:48   #6
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Fuel tank out, ready for some restructuring if the longitudinalsClick image for larger version

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Look forward to following this!
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Old 28 March 2017, 13:12   #8
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Yep me to. Turbine and Electric ribs.. what ever next""
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Old 28 March 2017, 13:37   #9
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Finally, tank now sold on ebay..... good bye petrol hello lithium!!
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A big thanks to pete at precision fabrications, christchurch. He made the ali frame that will raise the deck just enough to cover the bmw i3 battery. See pic. Now ive done the dry fit , i'll send the frame for powder coating in white.Click image for larger version

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