‘Norske’ 8-metre goes electric

Following the successful conversion of ‘Juana’ last year, another Int 8-metre class yacht ‘Norske’ decided to switch from diesel to electric as part of a complete restoration of this 1948 Tasmanian built racing yacht. The Mastervolt 5kW DriveMaster Ultra (equivalent to 15HP) gives the boat a decent cruising speed of 5 knots and the AGM battery bank gives enough running time to move away from the mooring and into the breeze. A Solbianflex flexible solar panel will keep the batteries topped up when the boat is on her mooring. This is another example where modern electric propulsion is integrated with a classic boat to provide a sensible, low impact, maintenance free means of propulsion. Norske’s restoration was carried out at the Berrys Bay shipyard www.noakes.com.au while the electric boat motor was fitted by JBC Yacht engineering: www.hydralignprop.com


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