Monday, May 15, 2017

TRIPLETS!!! UPDATE

The Selection Made & Mounted

And a launch tomorrow June 15, 2017

A long process


video
All systems ready for launch sequence.

has been brought to a happy conclusion after much due diligence. I, as were a few others, was somewhat surprised at the selection of Torqeedo, made in Germany. Even though I was the main decider, there was a bit of history, support issues, technical information and pricing.

The bottom line, pricing, was dealt with by actually paying more than the Torqeedo competitors. The Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 RL is not a cheap build, it is fully EU compliant with a host of firsts. Not only a first rate motor but an entire systems approach has been launched that can knit two units together with a single binnacle having GPS speed, health, charge level, distance and time remaining.

The first edition of this boat had only two 5 hp electric motors that yielded enough power to push the boat at the hull speed of seven knots. Just one of those motors weighed more than all three of these. The three shown provide 18 hp,  That is 8 hp more than needed for hull speed. Actual power trials and maneuvering  will commence about the last week of June 2017.

To compliment that technology is their unique optional battery pack with seamless integration.
Even though I will not be using all of that tech by using my own flooded cell lead acid batteries, I can still use a great deal of the tech with a future option to add on their Li battery system at any time... plug and play.

The purchase was for 3 of the motors, 3 spare propellers, 6 extensions for the forty foot boat and three individual speed/direction controllers. The three diminutive motor's size belies the power that is packed into a submerged 24 volt power torpedo mounting an advanced propeller of a whopping 12' diameter. That diameter is 2 inches more than the powerful custom conversion outboards I have made for the boat.  In fact they are as big and more power efficient than the original 12" Michigan Wheel props originally selected for the first version of the MOG.

Gone is the 60 hp gasoline engine and 2 large electric outboards. Can you spot the electric motors peaking over the transom?
The clutter of two gasoline tanks, gas hoses, starter cable, shift cable and throttle is gone. 


The testing will begin in late June after the relaunch. All of the cabling and switches were also a part of the Torqeedo package, saving many hours of creating custom cables and affixing terminals of correct size to the ends, a thankless task.

What is even more fun is that even at forty feet of boat, it all fits as if a 12 foot boat. Because of the boat length of nearly 40 feet, I added 6 extra helm controller cables to the order, that was it.

Now the mounting

This is where the electricity hits the water. The motors I had custom built were lighter than any on the market, powered by only 24 volts but at significant amperage. The same 24 volts was key to be kept and the new motors function from the same low voltage system used previously.

To say the least, Torqeedo has made the setting up quite easy. At a final weight (including the heavy duty twin 5 foot copper wire) of just 42 pounds, lifting them onto the transom was easy.

Stowed on the aft salon sole are the 3 motors, very powerful and compact, with remote hand controls.

All three motors can therefore be set into position, powered and ready for throttle in less time than a coffee break. No huffing and puffing required.

More to come

Getting a few snapshots of the transom decked out in its new garb was nearly effortless on a very warm day, an absolutely grand exercise.  More about which to write in a few weeks but this should get you up to speed with what is in the works.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ALL SYSTEMS READY?

Not yet but getting close.


1. The www.mogcanalboat.com site is now up and running quite well.

2. The Totally Electric Powered Solar (TEPS) boat is hauled & being readied.

3. New motors are being ordered for the new drives.  Info to be released April 18th.

4. We are pushing hard to get the TEPS boat to New Bern, NC for Spring Rendezvous.

More info soon as it all comes together.




Saturday, December 3, 2016

WHOOPS - our other site is under construction.

Photographed when the MOG was lengthened 10 feet from a 30 to a 40 foot boat  about 12/13/2009.

http://mogcanalboat.com/

The MOG website will be up & down for this December 3 & 4th of 2016.

We and our internet server folks at COMSPECO are reformatting our site.

Monday December 5th should be the date for the full relaunch of the site.

The site visitor will find dates and specifications that reflect the MOG of 2016.

These updates will be taking place over the next week, so bear with us please.

The site will look quite similar to the old but the underlying features for operation 

and editing will be far superior as well as better access by all types of computers

and devices. Thank you in advance for your patience.

George.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

INAUGURATION DAY

The MOG Totally Electric Powered Solar (TEPS) boat wowed the crowd.

The 1st Wilmington Boat Show

A Huge Success Sept. 9-11, 2016

Without a doubt, the inaugural Wilmington Boat Show came off without a hitch. With a planned for crowd expected at about 5,000 the attendance was greater than 11,500 at the gate and that was not counting special considerations such as vendor guests or those that may have attended through the waterway & dock area.

For the TEPS (Totally Electric Powered Solar) boat, over seventy of the hundreds walking through the boat, signed up for the email 'advanced info' service. That service is a confidential notification to those that signed on, to get earlier notification of technology updates prior to MogNavy Blogs.

In some cases MOG will get a new or updated technology to test. Often these tests are not mentioned until completed. Those that signed up with their email address will at least be aware that we are addressing a market need and what the time frame, use and expectations are. 

Heads up will also be given as to a scheduled blog about the product. Some of the products used are subject to Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with a manufacturer which prohibits passing information to the public concerning test data.


Algemac II displays its technology for awaiting guests 
as well as those aboard.


We are quite sure that our readers will understand that this is needed so that a product can be reviewed and have improvements made prior to entering the market. It is the manufacturer, at certain times, that will allow us to announce a specific product's use and can be released through the email. In return, MOG gets to test and work with some very interesting eco and high efficiency items. Our readers then get the scoop on what is really new when the manufacturer and MOG agree on  lifting the NDA after confidential evaluation.


Passers by just loved the comparison of the big 
fossil guzzler being replaced by two small 
but powerful torqeedo electric outboards.


For a displacement hull such as the MOG, the two
Torqeedo units equal the available thrust of the 60 hp
fossil fuel guzzler in the center of the transom.


The Torqeedo 4.0 Cruise motors were perfect for getting the comparison across to the show attendees. Seeing a 60 horsepower ICE that could not push the boat any faster (and less control) than two electric motors was an eye opener.


Inside the boat we showed a video of the old motors pushing the boat at speed while relating to the viewer that the Torqeedo was a more advanced outboard, readily available and packed all the power needed for two outboards to negate the use of gasoline or diesel power.


Power with no fossil fuels was clearly displayed.


At the helm were displayed a variety of steering and control 
methods for the electric motors. Also shown is the AGLCA 
burgee to indicate our intention to embark on the 
Great Loop of over 6,000 miles.


A small sample of the new thin solar module material was passed around to the folks boarding the MOG for a tour. The thin film modules will drop the module weight from about 40 pounds to just 4 pounds. Not only is that a drastic weight loss but the new modules come in many more sizes which allows more efficient use of space on the roof.

With better use of roof space, over 3,000 watts of power can be generated. Simply put, the boat can cruise in a straight line, at a sailboat speed (without tacking) without significantly taxing the batteries. That kind of efficient energy use should allay any fears of range anxiety.


The modules currently used weigh 44 pounds each. With 11 
modules and mounting hardware, that is about 500 pounds 
total. The new module layout should total about 100 pounds 
and a more dense array yielding higher power output..


This is an example of how the new thin film and light weight 
solar electric collection modules might appear on the roof. 
Various sizes and mounting methods would better utilize 
the roof space, providing additional power.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

MOG + Wilmington Boat Show
September 9th to 11th of 2016 in the water.

The ALGEMAC II will be in the water at slip B24 for all to board, take notes, pictures and have questions answered.

http://www.wilmingtonboatshow.com/

One question that gets the most asked is quite possibly the most lengthy to answer, so as to help those that come to this blog prior to the show, here is the the answer to the question......

Why aren't solar boats more popular?

No demand = no change.
Before I get deeper in that, some definitions of abbreviations:

ICE - Internal Combustion Engine (ENGINE). Late 1800s to now
EV - Electric (motor) Vehicle (MOTOR). Mid 1800s to now
PEV - Plug in Electric (motor) Vehicle. 1900s to now
HEV - Hybrid (engine) Electric (motor) Vehicle combined. 1900s to now
FC - Fuel Cell (produces) electricity from gases or fluids without combustion. Various types.
PV - Photovoltaic cells arranged to (produce) electricity (a module) from sunlight. Various types.



Back to 'no demand = no change'. The argument goes, how can potential consumers demand something about which they know not? Correct but that is the job of the boat manufacturer (in this case) involving the marketing team. The reason for no marketing is that the company wants to market what will sell. A company does not make money producing a product (major costs) by educating the vast potential prospects (major costs) only to have a competitor come in later in the education process and scoop up the converted consumers. Yes, it is money and consumer's money at that.

Without a market, there is no way for a company to sell a product, to reap a profit, that can be plowed back into improving the product offered. Especially when the product is sold as a discretionary item, absolutely not required by the user ( a yacht).

In order to successfully 'bootstrap' a company that offers a self fueling, low maintenance and easily handled boat, demands that the boat be of competitive initial price and lack none of the amenities of a currently fossil fueled boat of same size. That will not happen for at least years and maybe decades.

So that's it ??!!  Nope

It is up to you to read this whole article and understand it (post questions if unclear). As a member of the prospective boat purchase 'interested' market, that is your responsibility. If my advice is somehow found to be askew, it is still your due diligence that will overcome my shortcomings and lead to a more informed you.

OK, my part and yours are loosely defined and a team is now formed to ferret out what to really expect.

Let me offer the ultimate self fueled boat that is technically produceable right now, as a start point, skipping over the EV, PEV, HEV and FC oriented craft. Go for broke here...  TEPS (Totally Electric Powered Solar)tm boat.

In essence, when you buy the boat, the fuel (solar modules atop) comes with it for the next twenty or so years. Think on that a minute (no fuel, filters, oil, injectors, centrifuges, oil filters, oil changes, disposal, fines, valve settings, noise, vibration, smells, engine logs, fuel stops)...  you can add more.

How do I get this magic boat today? 3 examples follow.

1.  Requirement number one is reduce. Literally give up stuff. Size matters! When was the last time you delved into the back of the big fridge on the boat? A 3.5 cubic foot will do with todays packaged and frozen foods.

2.  Get to meet folks that have a fifty foot yacht, have money to spare and they now cook on an $80 induction unit the size of a hot plate. Why? Because it is not only instant heat but puts out less ambient heat, requires less time to cook, less electricity (uses the house battery rather than the gen set), cleans & stores easily.

3.  Air conditioning is great but the limited effect of a sea water intercooler, the water circulation pumps and additional through hulls are expensive to buy, fit and maintain compared to a window type AC unit or the newer modular (split) units. If one does not like the look of a window unit, talented ship carpenters can creatively hide the perceived beast. The AC option then costs less, functions in or out of water, is replaceable from Walmart and much more portable, should the need to move it arise.

The TEPStm boat really becomes a floating, mobile, power source that represents your personal involvement in due diligence, creativity, customization, responsibility, stewardship and fiducial cleverness.

Is there such a boat on the market? Some are getting close to pure solar but putting the boat up on plane or even maintaining 7 miles per hour for a half day is not in reach without dropping $30k to $50K in exotic batteries.

Almost one year ago (2016) 20hp motors that could be used inside or outside the boat with ninety percent efficiency, came to the American market. Until then, on the MOG, ALGEMAC II, our 92% efficient motors were custom made and prohibitively expensive for a consumer. That impediment is now lifted with the advent of new outboards that are incredibly small and hugely powerful. These new motor/boat combinations are a direct analogue to the non-engined pure sail boat, power from nature.

Some of the manufactures at which MOG has been looking and in contact are Elco, Torqeedo, Parsun, Golden, Cree, Navy 6,  RiPower and Aquawatt. We plan to show one of these manufacturers models at the show. That will depend mostly on our findings, their specifications, answers to our questions and mostly, do the models fit our need.

UPDATE TODAY September 1.... Two Torqeedo 4.0 Cruise electric outboards will be displayed on the stern of the MOG Totally Electric Powered Solar (TEPS)tm boat. We are very excited to be able to show their new advanced motor and will have brochures for those with interest in becoming acquainted with their improved technology.



The MOG is a prototype and not for sale, a private endeavor and technology demonstrator. At the show you can observe from a monetarily safe distance the nearly 30 year project. Until some company wants to plumb the depths of the TEPStm market, the ALGEMAC II will maintain her lead and carry your best hopes and wishes.

See you at the show in Wilmington, North Carolina.




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Totally Electric Powered Solar MOG Canal Boat was re-launched March 30, 2016.

OTHER POWER?
ADDED PICTURES 3-31-2016
Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) maybe someday?
Click on picture to enlarge.

MOG is not so myopic as to rule out all ICEs. In fact there is substantial vested interest in a little known company in New Jersey that is scaling the cliffs of engine technology that should carry the combustion engine over into the era of powerful batteries and electric motor drives which is probably decades away.

Electric motors in vehicles of all types are at the mercy of battery technology and until the day of the 250 pound 400 mile battery, ICEs are still the best alternative. The company in NJ, Coates International, Ltd seeks to make engines be more efficient, simpler, less costly, more powerful, lighter weight and also more clean.

Magic? Nope. Just really good engineering and a little bit of rocket science technology. For the motor-heads out there it is quite simple, throw the poppet valves away with their attendant thousand parts and replace with a dozen parts utilizing a rotary valve, shown above (not to be confused with a rotary intake).

You know by now that MOG is fully committed to the TEPS (Totally Electric Powered Solar) boat but if you have an interest in what is coming down the pike, you can get the whole info by seeing their site  http://www.coatesengine.com/    So why are we interested? Because there may be a need for an auxiliary ICE engine for the MOG and if it has to be done for some reason, it should be done correctly.

Here are some pictures of the inventor and President of Coates Int'l supervising a real tough technological challenge, that of preparing a Cummins natural gas generator engine for use with the dirtiest fuel and to make it run clean. The dirty natural gas is direct from well-head gas in an oilfield. The gas is so dirty it is usually burnt off and if used in a generator will foul the engine in just weeks of use. Coates has a fix that works, not only for dirty gas but the clean gas too, as well as for diesels and gasoline engines. Click the picture to enlarge.
George Coates with Cummins donor engine 
before replacement of entire upper valve 
system by the CSRV system.

Entire top consisting of just under 1000 parts is to be 
replaced by about 20. The oil sump pan has been 
dropped down to replace the flat pistons with
 new dome pistons.


New large front valve/chain casting replaces the 
casting in picture on right (has numbers hand 
written around a circular bearing boss).

New water intake casting to water pump 
shown next to large vertical filter to the back 
side of alternator. Bottom half of the CSRV heads 
shown in place without their top covers 
& valves. Smaller picture at left shows
 no such casting on original engine.

New domed high compression pistons (center photo)
 that replace the flat pistons on the left. Domed 
pistons in the Cummins block showing the 
previously used oil galleys to the old valves, 
now blocked with plugs. No oil is used at all in
 the new CSRV head, thus the oil never gets dirty
 with burnt carbon, requiring few oil changes
 over the engine’s extended life span.

George Coates supervising the lowering of the second 
of three heads for the 6 cylinder, spark ignited, natural 
gas Coates Spherical Rotary Valve system on a Cummins engine.

ADDED PICTURES 3-31-2016
Click on pictures below to enlarge.









 In the near future both ICE and Electric propulsion will coexist and it is in the best practice to know as many of the suitable technologies as possible. At MOG the best way to stay on top of the best technologies is to be actively involved, Coates certainly has earned our attention. I look forward to the day that George and his son Gregory have their engine valve train on every ICE to make way for the cleanest power to emerge.

Please let us know if you liked this brief diversion and would like to have a few more installments of the progress. You can 'like' us and your comments would be most welcome.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DEFINITION

American Canal Boat, MOG (Marine Off Grid)

There comes a time when events, technology and necessity conspire to redefine words, so as to pass forward, a new definition of a word or set of words.

The MOG Canal Boat is a compromise between the 
European canal boat and the hearty Chesapeake 
Bay Skipjack. With twin electric motors, she is 
highly maneuverable in deep or shallow waters.


An old Chesapeake Bay Skipjack gets a lift for a new life.


The case here, being the branching of the words 'canal boat' to include a craft that satisfies requirements beyond those typically accepted by our European maritime brethren.

An example of a 7 foot beam UK narrow boat and at the other end of the spectrum a 32 foot Linsson Dutch canal boat.

An extremely flat bottom of a 50 foot long 7 
foot beam UK narrowboat. In protected shallow 
canals this is a fine canal boat but lacks the high 
maneuverability of the twin screw power boat. 
With no keel or skegs it is a bit tricky to handle. 
 .

The Linssen line of canal boats from 29 to just 
over 50 feet have a single robust keel but will 
heel onto her side without a quayside on which 
to lean. The draft is about three feet and far too 
deep for the estuaries of the USA.

An editor of a UK magazine had quite properly reflected about MOG Canal Boat name. However his comments were in the UK context of a more protected canal environment found in Great Britain and in the European continent. He commented to me  "…..although I should point out that we tend to focus (articles) on boats with dual coastal/river ability rather than more canal focused craft such as this (MOG)." Evidently the difference in our boat's application was not made clear enough, otherwise they might consider an article.

Our response was to present a different bent, that there is quite a difference in what most folks here in the USA consider a canal, such as the Erie Canal, Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal, Illinois & Michigan Canal and the Panama Canal etc. All of these canals are monstrous compared to the quaint, bucolic, flower lined canals of Europe and the UK. One of the greatest plans we have, is to someday bring the MOG Canal Boat to the UK. What a simply gorgeous country in which to float the boat! 

A 360 foot long 'tow' in the Chesapeake & Delaware 
Canal. Not shown is the nearly 1000 foot wide expanse 
of water connecting the two river created bays through 
a 16 mile wide strip of land.

The MOG Canal Boat is built for the USA interpretation of canals, ones that have 300 foot barges that emerge into 100 and 200 mile long bays and lakes, teaming with freighters, destroyers and the occasional aircraft carrier. Calm waters as well as near shore inlets and some decent wave action are daily fare for the MOG Totally Electric Powered Solar boat. It is not a trawler, granted but it is patterned after a most seaworthy shallow draft Chesapeake Bay skipjack hull.


Looking at a Totally Electric Powered Solar boat 
peacefully resting on the shore for a picnic.

Near costal waters and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) of the eastern United States of America are the targeted waters of the MOG. Over 6000 miles just on the Great Loop alone.

The addition of the words ‘canal boat’ here in the USA most often has the connotation of maritime operations in ‘the ditch’, slang for the various waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Nearly all of the ICW is part of the Great Loop and other than the harbor dredged channels, most of it is incredibly primitive, vast expanses and unpopulated savannas and forests, very different from Europe.

One can easily get lost in the myriad twists and turns of the coast and ICW estuaries, a reason the boat is so designed, lending it sustainability. In effect, if you can fish, hunt, forage for wild rice and berries, find oysters and clams, you have arrived at a whole higher level of exploring in comfort with the MOG Canal Boat.

The Great Loop includes short journeys into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Also included in the Great Loop are the huge and sometimes very dangerous fresh water Great Lakes of Huron, Erie, Ontario, Michigan and Superior. Rivers such as the Tennessee, Delaware and the over 1000 mile long Mississippi are subject to flooding and swift flows. Also, at the entry to New York City is the infamous Hell’s Gate area as the tide meets the Hudson River, the name is well chosen.

The Chesapeake Bay, Pasquotank, Neuse, and Pamlico sound, along with shifting inlets, are known to be quite treacherous for a flat bottom barge or a typical steel narrow boat or canal boat.

The MOG Canal Boat has a far greater range of targeted operation than any boater might imagine whether sailing, trawler, kayak, barge, runabout or house boat oriented.

The USA has very few miles of protected canal compared to the long protected distances one may travel in the UK and continental Europe. In fact, on the Mississippi River there are many wilderness stretches from 50 to over 300 miles without a proper marina. The ICW of the USA still has a component of wilderness difficult for folks from other civilized countries to immediately grasp.

The MOG Canal Boat is meant for the above described rough and tumble environmental trekking with an 18 inch draft that allows horizontal grounding everyday if desired. The captain and crew need never seek out a fuel pump or dockside electric pedestal to refuel/recharge, the sun takes care of all the power needs. The Totally Electric Powered Solar boat is more closely related to a live aboard aquatic Hummer.

Truly no range anxiety here as with gasoline, diesel or dockside charging. Range of the Totally Electric Powered Solar (TEPS) boat is truly unlimited and certainly less fickle than winds to blow a sail boat.



The boat that has been and remains decades ahead of its adoption, certainly adds a new definition to a new class of canal boat. MOG Canal Boat has no peer.  http://www.mogcanalboat.com/