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  1. Electric repower of Lotus Flower a 1976 Ericson 27 -Still Phase Two - battery monitor

    by , 10-10-2011 at 03:35 PM (Electric repower of Lotus Flower a 1976 Ericson 27)
    Sometime around the installation of the second battery bank I installed a PakTrakr battery monitor. The PakTrakr is a fairly inexpensive monitor, not particularly robust looking and not marinized but as of this posting has been basically trouble free and a great asset. To see the functions the monitor performs check out the web site; While I pay attention to all of the information the unit reports the most useful data are the pack voltage, amp draw (motoring), amps in (charging) ...

    Updated 10-11-2011 at 02:17 PM by Mark F

  2. Electric repower of Lotus Flower a 1976 Ericson 27 - Phase Two

    by , 10-05-2011 at 01:53 PM (Electric repower of Lotus Flower a 1976 Ericson 27)
    More Batteries;

    After initial operations with the existing prop and minimal battery capacity (four group 27 AGM’s) I added four group 31 AGM batteries as a separate 48 volt bank for longer range and redundancy. This brought the battery storage up to about 200 amp hours at 48 volts total. There are valid arguments against the two separate banks system I chose and having all eight 12 volt batteries connected in series/parallel as one bank.

    The main issue is the range ...

    Updated 10-11-2011 at 02:16 PM by Mark F

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  3. Ep

    by , 09-21-2011 at 11:45 AM (Electric repower of Lotus Flower a 1976 Ericson 27)
    Well, three and half years into life with electric propulsion (EP) on Lotus Flower a 1976 E27 I think it's time to log some thoughts on the web. I will start with a timeline of the process.

    Phase one;

    5/22/07 – Bought 1976 Ericson 27 “Lotus Flower”

    5/22/07 – 11/07 docked in Sausalito CA, sailed SF Bay with 6hp outboard

    11/07 - Sailed from Sausalito to Santa Cruz (6hp outboard)

    4/18/08 - $2000 Down payment for SolidNav Explorer ...

    Updated 10-29-2011 at 11:40 PM by Mark F

    Maintenance and Mechanical
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  4. Heading to Alaska!

    I purchased an Ericson 31 Independence in early August in Anacortes, WA and am preparing to take her home to Sitka, Alaska in a week or so. Added chartplotter, radar, GPS, etc. Should be an interesting trip. Has anyone else in this forum made the trip up north? I would be interested in your experiences, especially in navigating the Seymour Narrows to Johnstone Strait region.

    Updated 08-30-2011 at 11:01 AM by Flyertim

  5. Irene!

    Just wondering how everyone on the east coast did with Irene. By the time it hit us in Long Island, New York, it just became downgraded to a tropical storm. My marina has quite a bit of room, and I was able to drop an anchor with 25' of chain and 90' of rode out in front to help keep me off the dock during the south east part of the blow. Biggest problem was the storm surge, which I handled by tying bow and stern lines back to 12x12 wooden fence posts that are about 15' beyond the edge of the ...