Electric Boat (Plans now available)

 

Plans are now available on my ‘Plans’ tab.

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My Stepfather Bob Gunovick enjoying a nice day near downtown Bellevue Washington.

Eletric Boat

This is by far my most favorite boat. Not long ago I freed it from the rafters, dusted it off, swapped out a new motor plus upgraded the steering system. I use the railed top surface as a lunch and camera table. I’m not a fisherman but this boat would probably be a nice set-up for lake fishing.

Eletric Boat

On the dash board are the forward and reverse switch, front light switch, amp meter and horn button. The storage compartment holds my lunch and other essentials.

Wooden Electric Boat

Wooden Electric Boat

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The wave hopper uses a detachable 32 lb thrust Minnkota trolling motor, chopped down and wires routed to the dashboard where the forward and reverse speed control resides. A four  prong trailer jack is used to connect the power from motor to boat. For steering I looped a cable around a 1.5″ diameter steering axle attached to my wooden steering wheel. The nylon lines go back to the motor which has a ‘V’ bar. Unlike my other boats this one is made of 1/4″ mahogany plywood nailed and glued to small boards. I had a professional apply a layer of fiberglass to the exterior of the boat hull.  The battery I use can last several hours. The boat, not including battery and motor,weighs in at 65 pounds. Because of the steep dory arc to the hull bottom, it handles waves pretty good, and with the low center of gravity makes it very stable. The boat plows through the water at about 5 knots.                     Not fast but fast enough for me. I mostly do sight seeing anyway.

 

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