November 20th, 2013
As part of celebrating our 120 year history in Marine Electric Propulsion, Elco is proud to announce the winner of the Elco Motor Giveaway, Steve Keblinsky. Steve and his Father are the owners of a business in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Downeast named Sailing Adventures. They have been taking summer vacationers out sailing on the coast of Maine since 1997. Below are some passages from Steve’s “winning entry”.
Steve K. “We take about 1500-1800 passengers a summer. One of the first impressions is motoring under diesel engine power out of the harbor while I introduce myself. Doing this at a normal speaking volume would be great!! Let alone being able to hear my passengers when they tell me their names or ask a question. The best benefit of an electric motor would be on the sunset sail when the wind dies off. I hate wrecking a serene moment to start the diesel to motor back to the dock. An electric motor would allow the “moment” to last the entire sail.”
Steve K. “The pride of our fleet is called “SURPRISE”. She is a 33 foot friendship sloop with an old tired universal 3 cyl 27 hp diesel. It was installed in 1971 and has been chugging along ever since. Last spring when the thaw came I noticed oil weeping out of her garboards. I told myself it was from some oil that was spilled in the bilge during an oil change. Upon further inspection I found that it was a rusted out oil pan. No big deal, or so I thought. Me and my dad pulled the engine and after a week or so of research, we finally found an oil pan that would fit the engine. It arrived, we tried to install, nope didn’t fit. The oil pick up needed to be moved to use this pan. Found one from a Kubota tractor dealer and put that in. In the mean time we spit shined the bilge of the original oil that fell out of the engine. Being a wood boat it was a messy task. Installed the engine and it ran great, for about a week until another oil leak developed and dropped another 4 quarts of oil into the bilge. I think you see where I am going with this. I am SICK AND TIRED of oil in my bilge.”
Steve K. I have been fascinated with the idea of electric propulsion ever since I met a guy with a small Anthony Dias cold molded sloop powered with a forklift motor and the batteries were the ballast. I never really thought the concept would be practical for any of my boats until I read the article in WOODENBOAT called “Repowering VAGABOND”. The ELCO Motor and related system put up some impressive stats for a 40 foot wooden launch. If it could work for that boat I think it it could work for that boat I think it could work for “SURPRISE”.
Elco will be following this repower and sharing the progress with you. Electric propulsion is silent, clean, powerful and very easy to operate – Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.
November 17th, 2013
Elco displayed the E-Power propulsion system, centered on Elco’s new and improved line of quiet, powerful and efficient AC Electric Motors. The Elco E-Power System includes integrated plug & play components. Come and see for yourself – We can run our motors all day inside with Zero Emissions, No Noise, and all with one more moving part. See it for yourself and everything the METS has to offer.
- More than 1,300 exhibitors and 15 national pavilions
- Specialist pavilions for superyacht, marina & yard equipment and construction material
- Thousands of NEW and award-winning products to see
- DAME – the coveted Design Award METS
- Nearly 20,000 visitors from over 100 countries
- On top of this, the networking is second to none – come and find out!
June 6th, 2013
The entire propulsion system, excluding instrument panel and batteries is contained in a water tight cast aluminum finned housing that contains all of the electronics, AC motor, and safety devices, as well as side flanges that allows the system to be mounted directly in place of a typical marine diesel nor gas engine, by virtue of having the same footprint andbeing dimensionally smaller.
More important than the quietness and efficiency of these systems, is the extreme reliability they offer in calm as well as adverse conditions. They are able to continue operating in conditions of water ingress that would put a diesel or gas engine out of service when need the most, and they are ready to run full speed at a moment’s notice by the turn of the key switch without warm up and without missing a beat.
Putting all of the above benefits aside, there is also a great peace of mind in having an Elco marine EP system powering your boat, with no oil changes, fuel filters, fuel conditioners, winterization, periodic maintenance, or other nagging things to worry about, you just get in and go whenever you wish to go and you sit back to enjoy the experience of quiet green cruising, Bon-Voyage.
April 11th, 2013
Elco’s waterway this month are the canals of Amsterdam, one of Netherland’s top tourist attractions. These canals are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, are monumental to the Dutch mercantile spirit, and a symbol of the Golden Age. There is no better way to experience Amsterdam then by boat! In recent times, the number of boats on these waterways has risen dramatically and has taken away from the calm sanctuary they were once known for. This has lead to disorder between the big canal boats and small privately owned boats that share these waterways. Many locals have been victim to the overwhelming exhaust fumes, traffic and noise caused by the increased boat population.
Why is this our waterway you ask? The Amsterdam city council has planned to permit electric only motorboats on one of the city’s main canals. The council also plans over the next few years to extend the measure to all of the canals of Amsterdam. This measure will not only be beneficial to the environment and houseboat owners but as well as recreating the calm haven it was once known to be.
Elco has been attending the METs trade show in Amsterdam for the past 3 years and will be back in 2013 as well. What a beautiful city and what a perfect application for our Electric Propulsion System.
March 12th, 2013
Elco’s waterway this Month is Richard B. Russell Lake located on the Savannah River bordering Georgia and South Carolina. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers originally constructed this man made lake which now visited by more than 1 million people per year for a variety of activities such as water sports, hunting, hiking, picnicking, camping, disc-golf and fishing. Largemouth bass are so prevalent here that fishing tournaments are held throughout the year.
Russell’s Lake is approximately 26,500 acres in size, 29 miles long, and 540 miles of shoreline. This lake’s campground offers 20 cottages by the water’s edge for a peaceful retreat, as well as a golf course, swimming beach, and 3 picnic shelters.
Why is this our waterway you ask? Aside from being a great place to be with endless activities to do on and off the lake, this waterway is accommodated for non-powered craft and those with electric motors only. Try out and eco-friendly motor on Richard B. Russell Lake, and you won’t be disappointed!
For more information about Richard B. Russell Lake, visit http://www.gastateparks.org/RichardBRussell
February 23rd, 2013
Elco’s waterway this month is Wallowa Lake, in Oregon. Known as “The Crown Jewel of Eastern Oregon”, this small lake contains extremely clean water and is surrounded by the stunning Eagle Cap Mountains. Wallowa Lake is generally calm, making it a great place for electric motorized boating. Why is this our waterway you ask? This lake has no fueling stations and on water self-fueling is not allowed; this encourages electric powered engines and calls for a more enjoyable and relaxing experience out on the water.
Wallowa Lake is about 3.7 miles long and a depth of about 300 feet. Activities on this lake include swimming, waterskiing, fishing, horse back riding, and the tramway ride to the top of Mt. Howard to view the landscape and abundant wilderness. This small lake offers a lot do while holding a friendly atmosphere and should not be overlooked! Try out an eco-friendly Elco motor on Wallowa Lake of Oregon for an relaxing boating experience.
For more information about Wallowa Lake, please visit: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_27.php
February 8th, 2013
February 3rd, 2013
Elco is celebrating 120 of producing marine electric propulsion in 2013, to say thank you, one Elco fan will win an Adirondack Vacation at Hall’s Boat Corporation for a group of 4. The Goal is Elcomotoryachts must hit 1893 Facebook fans in 2013. At the end of the calendar year if we’ve reached our goal we will randomly select a winner. The 6 nights 7 days will be during the 2014 season. Dates will be worked out with the winner and Hall’s Boat Corporation. Thank you very much for supporting Elco Motor Yachts and our cause of producing powerful, reliable and clean marine propulsion.
Let’s reach our goal of 1893 fans and give someone a dream Adirondack Vacation!
giveaway does not offer travel expenses or food expenses – the giveaway is only for your board at the Hall’s Boat Corporation Lodging.
January 22nd, 2013
Elco’s waterway this week is Adam’s Lake State Park. Located in Ohio’s bluegrass region, its one of the state’s most scenic and biologically interesting areas. This lake lies in an area rich in natural diversity with many unique plants and animals. Why is it our waterway you ask? Aside from being a beautiful lake wedged between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this lake accommodates non-powered craft and those with electric motors only.
Adam’s Lake is a 47-acre lake open to fishing, picnicking, and hiking. Nice catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, and carp are common. There are 4 picnic areas with tables and restrooms located through the park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, division of parks and recreation operate Adam’s Lake State Park. Try out an eco-friendly Elco motor on Adam’s Lake of Ohio and enjoy.
For more information about Adam’s Lake, visit http://www.stateparks.com/adams_lake_state_reserve_in_ohio.html
October 24th, 2012
During their summers growing up on Cape Cod, Brad and Mike Pease spent as many hours on the water as they did squabbling at the dock while cleaning and caring for their grandfather’s Amesbury skiff. While the personalities of Brad “the dreamer” and Mike “the nuts and bolts guy,” have clashed over the years, those early days spent scrubbing the classic lines of the hand-built wooden vessel and then taking time out to enjoy their salt water surroundings sparked a mutual appreciation for the environment that has created an unbreakable bond between them—and nature.
Since 1982 the brothers have successfully owned and operated Pease Boat Works and Marine Railway of Chatham, MA, which specializes in wooden boat building, repair, and a restoration. “The craftsmanship and engineering that goes into making a quality vessel is so attainable when working with wood,” Mike says. It is also an organic renewable resource, an important point given the brothers’ commitment to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental action group devoted to clean water, clean energy, and preserving wildlife.
As part of their sustainability practice, last year the Pease brothers retrofit the entire boatyard with solar panels to harvest energy. More recently, they extracted the gas engine and fuel tank in a client’s 18 foot Salcombe open launch, called Questing Beast, replacing it with an Elco EP-600 electric motor that “functions beautifully with a battery bank,” Mike says. Now, when Questing Beast pulls up to the dock and the client plugs in to recharge the battery, the boat is getting electricity supplied by solar panels mounted on the roof of the boat house.
“There is no carbon footprint with this boat. It is totally off the grid,” Mike says proudly. “The fact that we can do this is because of what Elco has done. They provided us with an electrical motor package that is virtually plug and play.”
The zero footprint system they built is a huge triumph for these hardworking brothers who are trying to keep Cape Cod’s water as clean as it was when they were kids.
Learn more about Mike and Brad Pease at: http://www.peaseboatworks.com/