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mitchellthomas

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New P323 owner
« on: April 16, 2020, 10:40:17 PM »
Hello!

This is my first sailboat, which I actually purchased in November of last year, and since I haven't sailed in over 30 years. I'm pretty much starting from scratch there as well. My boat has a ton of deferred maintenance that needs to be tackled (the PO had a major health issue right after purchasing the boat so it sat for a year) - and before that it was a live-aboard for a few years.

I've already done a bunch of work on it, but the big target right now is the engine. Currently it is powered by a Volvo MD11c, but I'm considering going electric - so if anyone here has any experience with that I would love to hear from you.

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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2020, 10:32:32 AM »
Welcome!  I acquired my 323 2 years ago after setting for 4 years so I understand your issues. Engine is one of my issues though I'm sticking with the existing gas Atomic 4. Keep us updated as you search out the electric option.
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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2020, 10:44:37 AM »
I just rebuilt my Atomic Four but electric is viable for the sailing we do- you might like this:

these two have already done extensive sailing with a converted golf-cart motor they call "Electrobeake". Now one of their patrons has given them a sweet electric sail drive which they install in this episode.

They are young and both architecs- And they are a lot more mechanically inclined than the architects I've worked with...

https://youtu.be/WAhlrGck-bc
If you're sailing past Cape May give us a shout-out!

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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2020, 11:27:44 AM »
Nice, but expensive! You could put $15k into a setup like that with batteries at a minimum.
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2020, 05:58:32 PM »
Alma - thanks for the link! Uma was actually one of my inspirations for making this change. Apparently, there are a few other YouTubers that are also all-electric.

I will definitely post updates. Initial cost estimate for motor and battery pack are in the $8-10k range, add to that solar and related electronics.

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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2020, 12:40:16 PM »
Mitchell,

  Welcome to the forum!  I hope you'll keep us appraised of your progress.  Maybe even start a blog or YouTube channel of your own!



I..these two have already done extensive sailing with a converted golf-cart motor they call "Electrobeake". Now one of their patrons has given them a sweet electric sail drive which they install in this episode.

They are young and both architecs- And they are a lot more mechanically inclined than the architects I've worked with...

https://youtu.be/WAhlrGck-bc

Alma,

OMG!  I don't know whether to thank you or curse you!    Being an engineer, I was interested, and immediately viewed their episodes on installing the new electric saildrive.  THEN I went back in time and view the episodes on installing their original electric motor.  By then, I was hooked, and went back to episode #1 and started binge-watching.  Nine hours and 35 episodes later, I called it quits for the day!  (What else have I got to do during the COVID-19 shutdown? ;) ) Only ~200 more to go!

Although I enjoy all the "lifestyle" stuff, my favorite episodes are the more technical ones covering cabinetry, anchoring, fiberglassing, etc.

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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2020, 10:09:05 PM »
Good for you!
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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 03:05:11 AM »
Darn. I am now hooked also...

They seem like good people.

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Re: New P323 owner
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2020, 08:52:44 AM »
Yes they are really nice folks.

If you want to see our very favorite sailing couple try these two on their Hallberg Rassy 54 Cloudy Bay.

For a time I worked at the Cherubini Yard so I've seen some 'Bristol' yachts but this HR 54 is maintained better than anything I've seen. It is 6 or 7 years old too!

We love show this because most of the show is sailing and that boat sails like a dream.

This episode they anchor in Cape May, NJ our home port, and they say it is one of the most lovely places they've been- That's saying something with everywhere they've been and we couldn't agree more...

https://youtu.be/wPLvLN-epiM

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