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Friday, September 9 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Panel: Designing for Solar Cruising

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Join solar experts Sam Devlin, Alex Borton and Joe Grez for a fun and informative panel about solar cruising!

Whether it's a power boat or an auxiliary sailboat, we all were raised to think of having a fixed fuel capacity that can run out. But there is actually enough energy from the sun to power a solar boat without drawing from its battery at all. This makes a modern solar boat one of the best options for distance cruising. Well designed solar boat speeds-made-good compare favorably with sailing. With solar boats, you hear the wind, waves and animal life, and live with the tides. It's a better connection to the environment and to our rejuvenation on the water. If this sounds interesting. Sam, Alex and Joe are ready to share what we know about solar boat designs, cruising styles, and solar propulsion technology. There are very few production solar boats available today but there are awesome custom solar boats with a demonstrated voyaging pedigree. So this will be a discussion. Topics can evolve as we go- bring your questions and experiences. Some areas of interest may be crising styles, how to manage refilling as you travel, refilling during a layover, best boat designs, charging at a dock vs from the sun, propulsion, solar, battery and management technology, planning a solar cruise, etc. See you there!

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Alex Borton

Solar Sal Boats
Capt. Alex Borton grew up with an old wooden sailfish. As an ASA certified sailing instructor he taught on dinghies and keelboats, and has volunteered on tall ships. As as life-long adventurer he has journeyed for multiple weeks in small engineless craft in Washington, Baja and Patagonia... Read More →
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Sam Devlin

Devlin Designing Boat Builders
Sam is the creative core of Devlin Designing Boat Builders and the winner of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Design award by Wooden Boat Magazine. He and his boats are the subjects of many magazine feature articles, and he is the teacher of many up-and-coming boat builders. He is... Read More →
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Joe Grez

PropEle Electric Boat Motors Inc
Joe participates on expert panels and gives seminars on electric boating shows, festivals, and yacht clubs. He has consulted with boat motor manufacturers, boat designers and builders in the area of EV boating and technology. He has a unique perspective as a Physicist, with a focus... Read More →

Friday September 9, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Green Boating Stage

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