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EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo, second year of testing for Selva’s electric outboard

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A year has already passed since I wrote about the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo, the amazing Epropulsion electric outboard that now travels with our lab-boat around Italy, and of which I admit, I am very proud. But here I am again, with the feeling that collecting my memories is very light on me.

Yes, because the satisfactions that it has given us this year too have been many, showing all its usefulness in many situations: what’s more, the fact of combining the silence of the sailing boat, which is clearly unequalled in terms of environmental sustainability, with the total absence of emissions that the use of the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard guarantees for our tender, really appeals to me.

But let us make a brief summary to understand what we are talking about. This outboard, imported in Italy by Selva, is an electric outboard installed on our tender, an indestructible Selva 320 VIB. It is therefore a sort of link between us and the mainland that cannot be allowed to slip, because being halfway between the coast and the boat is never pleasant. Especially in loafers and a shirt before disembarking for dinner. Has this ever happened to you?

Do you remember the features of our Epropulsion electric outboard?

EPropulsion-Spirit-1.0-Evo-electric-ouboardBy dint of using it, I am no longer surprised. After our “1,000-mile cruise in the Tyrrhenian Sea” two years ago, and the more than 900 miles sailed this year, it is now part of our family, but it does surprise those who visit us for the first time and have never seen it before.

Let’s start with the dimensions, smaller than those of a classic tender outboard, and with a weight per single component of less than 12 kg, which makes assembly and disassembly really quick and effortless.  In fact, Epropulsion is installed in stages, first the shaft complete with tiller (11.3 kg) and then the battery (8.7 kg), a system that is light and extremely safe at the same time.

Be careful, however, epropulsiondo not think that this is at the expense of materials. In fact, we have put a lot of strain on it this year, sometimes purposely causing it to take a few too many hits, other times in a less intentional manner, but it has held up to it all.

You know, between filming, drones flying, cameras passing by and a boat to steer, it happens that something has to be ‘thrown in there’ every now and then, if you like.

But that’s the point of our tests, to live as if we were in normalcy and a few jolts are part of the game: in any case, compared to last year, the performance remained the same, still outstanding.

Its display continued to work excellently, showing us, as always, some fundamental data such as the indication of charging volts, maximum voltage and, of course, the residual charge: this engine has a 1276 Wh battery, built according to the latest lithium polymer technology, which takes 8.5 hours to fully charge, although in normal everyday use it takes just over an hour to bring the charge back to full after use.

The EPropulsion electric outboard has a secret

Daydreamer-1000-miles-tyrrhenian-seaBut all this for me, although remarkable, fades into the background in my test because if you remember correctly, the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard has a secret: and what a secret! It recharges itself. Yes, just leave it connected to the tender of the main boat by towing it into the water and it recharges, with minimal impact on sailing speed. In fact, its energy hydrogeneration system, through the flow of water pushing the propeller blades, turns the engine producing energy that recharges the batteries. Game, match, encounter.

This could be enough for me. Silence, because in operation despite the extra year it continues to be very quiet, and free clean energy with the guarantee of never running out of power. Need anything else?

Yes, you might say. epropulsion electric outboardFor example, how much energy does it consume? How far can I really go and at what speed? For all the details of the test I refer you to the table below which, you will notice, is the same as last year’s because the performance has remained unchanged, but to give you a concrete example of its hydrogen-generating capacity, we measured about 1 notch of recharge per hour/hour and a half of sailing at 6 knots. Which basically means that in an entire season we never recharged it using the charger!

During this second year of testing, we have never run out of battery power, despite the fact that very often there were four of us on board, engaged in coastal sailing and the classic comings and goings from boat to shore, even over long distances. Like for example in August when, anchored in Cala Brandinchi, we sailed twice to the Puntaldia marina.

Two hours of sailing, without the slightest problem and, above all, with a good charge still remaining at the end of the operation.

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo – Conclusions on the second year of testing

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo is the electric outboard I can no longer do without. Is that enough for you? I’m not exaggerating, because this small engine is not only practical, efficient and quiet, it also marks a turning point. It has something special just in its concept, it makes you realize that it is possible to go to sea using only clean energy, and somehow reconnects me to my favourite element, which on the other hand certainly thanks all those who make such a choice: environmentally friendly and absolutely performing at the same time.

Performance

Power OutputSpeed in knRemaining time in hours
60220
1002.512
2003.16.5
3003.64
4003.83.2
5004.32.5
6004.52
7004.61.8
8004.71.5
90051.2
10005.31

Indulge yourself at “Pilot” Brooklyn’s chic champagne and oyster floating bar

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Docked each summer season inside the lush and lively Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pilot is the vintage wooden schooner slash chic floating hotspot sure to sweep you off your feet and onboard at first sight. The Pier 6 promenade was not always home base for Pilot, nor was the classic craft anchored with an inviting marble oyster bar on the bow and chilled champagne and rose flowing all day from the nautical-inspired beverage bar to the stern.

Pilot oldPenned by W. Starling Burgess and perfected in form in 1924 by J.F. James and Sons Shipyard in Massachusetts, the double-masted maritime marvel has a remarkable story to tell and much to be proud of prior to her shipyard rescue and redecoration in recent years.

Originally purchased by the Boston Harbor Pilotage and put into service for over fifty years, the 147-footer crossed the world twice over, functioned as a research vessel, and most importantly, as a ferry for World War II soldiers.

pilot-oyster-bar-brooklynTo her credit, Pilot became the country’s longest-serving pilot ship in American history and 75 percent of the original fabric still remains intact.

The design concept of drinking, dining and unwinding on the water comes courtesy of the lifelong sailing brothers and their creative maritime-themed hospitality company, which also includes the 32,000-square-foot Island Oyster bar and beer garden on Governors Island.

Lobster fest

Sharing a passion for old boats and cold mollusks – the Pincus Brothers are bringing seaside shellfish back – by drawing inspiration from centuries past to the era when folks congregating and celebrating along the wharves eventually made their way onto the barges filled with frothy flowing beer and fresh shucked oysters. Albeit Pilot is an upscale revival, the irregularly-shaped, lemon-garnished gourmet goods are still being slurped up the same way.

As a rule, connoisseurs of the delicacy usually choose to pair their sustainably harvested summer favorite with beer, champagne or even a glass of Chablis, due to the fact, limestone soil from the region in France was found to contain oyster shells. And while experts tend to down them like ice-cold tequila shots, chewing is suggested to bring out the sweetness and savor the salty beach flavor. Apart from the oysters, Pilot’s concise menu options cater to the seafood crowd; other guest favorites include lobster rolls, scallop ceviche, and its signature New American Brooklyn cuisine soft shell crab po-boy.