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SMART power… I like these…

These little units are really impressive. These have been fitted to the Smart Tri until Danie has finished developing the ‘real’ ones for the Smart Tri. At the moment, the Torqueedos generate 2kW each which is enough to easily push the 40′ Smart Tri up to 6 – 8 knots. Once the real drives are finished it should raise total power to 6 – 8 kW and that will be a big difference.

The smart thing about the Smart is doing away with a ‘main engine’ for propulsion. Inside under the forward vee-berth is a decent sized generator. This provides more than enough current for the water boiling system, the microwave, the electric toilet, the water maker and… AIR CONDITIONING. The batteries get topped up and you can run the Torqueedos for at least an hour under batteries alone. The system works great and it is definitely the way forward for boating.

More on the other systems later… Got to go sailing now…

About prosailing

In Southeast Asia a long time and all the while, sailing cats. But the cat love-affair began when I finished building my first catamaran at age 15... "never again". After building 2 more Formula 16 cats in Malaysia it's really 'never again'. Now we have a large fleet of high-tech speed machines including the Nacra 20 Carbon. Then we decided to spread our wings a little more and imported the Corsair Dash 750. Now we are well on the way to establishing a Coastal One Design Dash Class. As a test bed, we had 4 Dashes take part in the Neptune Regatta and now the plans are rolling out.

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