1995 Cartwright Steel Hybrid Cutter
|Category||Sloop, Cutter, Cruisers|
|The Story Behind Minke's Repower|
From the owners:
Back in July 2016, while motoring down the Richelieu River, our Perkins 4-108 diesel engine completely failed and was not able to be rebuilt. My husband, Dan, and I were devastated but after many hours of researching possible solutions we decided to go the electric/hybrid route. The electric/hybrid system supports our desire to reduce our carbon footprint and even if we wanted to install a new diesel replacement we couldnt since the marina we were stuck at didnt have the capability to install the engine into our boat.
With the decision made we then furiously began researching companies that could re-power s/v Minke with an electric/hybrid system. Luckily, we found a person that had the drive and the will to help us reach our goal. Nancy Frainetti, the owner of The Electric Marina and a dealer for Electric Yacht, began sending emails with the possibilities of what we could do to get Minke up and running again. After a flurry of emails back and forth with Nancy relaying calculations formulated by Scott McMillan, and Mike Gunning at Electric Yacht, we decided to go forward with the QuietTorque 20.0 kW, 48 Volt package powered by four Torqeedo Power 26-104 batteries and two 1700W Torqeedo chargers. The calculations were based on the total displacement of our boat (24000 lbs), the waterline beam (10'6"), length of waterline (29') and an estimation of RPM at different knot speeds when we were running with our Perkins engine.
Setting aside the stress of what we were going to replace the old diesel with, we began tearing the old engine apart piece by piece. Most of the electric/hybrid installation videos that you can watch online show the old engine being whisked away easily from the hull with the use of a crane. Unfortunately, that was not a possibility at our current location so the engine had to be downsized. Most of the smaller pieces were easily removed except for the engine block and transmission which each weighed about 150 lbs after being completely disassembled. With the use of our Canadian Tire chain fall hoist, we were able to pull it out of the engine compartment, then with a lot of heavy lifting up the stairs, we carefully slid them out the hatch to the edge of the boat and down a plank into a cart. It was a great feeling once the engine and transmission were removed and thanks to Trans Atlantic Diesels we were able to sell our parts for a few dollars.
The next steps to follow included cleaning the engine compartment with degreaser and repainting it. Metal mounts for the new electric motor were fabricated as well as platforms to mount the batteries. The large wire connections were cut to length terminals were installed, and the Electric Yacht Display and two throttles were mounted. Once the batteries were installed and secured they were connected into a series parallel bank in order to produce 48 Volts with 208 amp hours. Connections were made from the power relays to the batteries, chargers and fuses were installed and power from the batteries was connected to the motor. Since we needed to produce electricity while we are motoring down the river we bought a 5.5 kW gas generator to use on the deck powering us until got to the Canadian/US border at Rouses Point NY.
After a little over a month of constant work, Dan and I pushed the silver Torqeedo battery button, waited for the red light to blink and then we turned the key. The throttle lever was slid forward and the propeller shaft began to rotate. After such a long wait the cobwebs between Minke and the dock were ripped away, we had power once again and the sweet hum of the motor was music to our ears.
After finally making it across the border Minke was hauled out in NY at Gaines Marina. During the two weeks on the hard we installed an Ultra Compact Marine 5.5 kW Next-Gen diesel generator, change out our propeller to a new Michigan Wheel DJX 18inch diameter 15 pitch and repainted Minke's unders
|Minke's Equipment List|
20K.W. Electric Propulsion by Electric Yacht
Wow! This is the best equipped steel cruising vessel that I have ever seen. If you are an adventurer who wants to sail around the world with peace-of-mind and self-sufficiency, this is the boat for you. The owners have spared no expense in outfitting her. Their cruising plans changed, and it is up to you to pick up where they left off.
"Minke" was professionally built in Canada at Shipham Boat Works in 1995 and was a freshwater boat for her entire life up until 2016. She is a multi-chine mild steel boat with reinforced steel stringers, an impressive grid system, and all the reinforcement one could possibly want in her construction. There are no bare steel surfaces--all surfaces have been coated with top-quality epoxy finishes. Her hull shines, and her bottom paint and zincs are all brand new.
Pre-purchase survey from 2016 available on request, but this was completed before the -current owners completely refitted her.
Currently hauled in Indiantown, FL. Call me! 305-807-4096!
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|Speed and Distance|
|Engine Make||Electric Yacht|
|Engine Model||QT20 Electric Drive|
"Minke" is the ultimate self-contained self-reliant world cruiser. With a brand-new electric drive engine (well over $30,000 in value just for the engine and batteries) and all systems built, replaced or modified by her engineer owner, she is the boat for you if you want to cruise exotic places in safety and comfort and self-sufficiency!
Don't miss the opportunity to own this incredible steel sailing ship! A boat like this comes along once in a lifetime, and it is the last boat you will ever need. NEW generator. New refrigeration. New batteries. Extensive Both 110 and 220 (European) compatible electrical circuits for world cruising. Dual helm stations in pilothouse and in cockpit. Not a spot of rust, beautifully maintained. Reinforced steel plating. Extensive work done over last year!
- 1995 36 foot, Steel hull, Flush Deck Pilot House, Cutter Rig
Sailboat, Jerry Cartwright design, long fin keel with skeg hung
- 20K.W. Electric Propulsion by Electric Yacht
- Only been in salt water for 7 months of her life
- LOA 36ft, LWL 29ft, Draft 5ft, Beam 11.5 ft, Bridge clearance 52
- Repowered with a QT20 Electric Drive by Electric Yacht. 20 Kw
output. Throttle controls at each helm
- 208 amp hour 48 Volt drive battery pack of Torqeedo Lithium Ion
batteries model 26-104 installed 9/2016
- Lithium drive battery chargers (2) 1700 Watt Torqeedo fast
- 3 blade Michigan Wheel DJX 18 prop, and a spare 3 blade prop
- 5.5 KW Next Generation Power diesel generator (520hrs) installed
- Shore power isolation/step down transformer. 5Kva will accept
Euro240v power and put out 120v power by moving leads in the
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