Guide to choosing your e-boat

To help you decide which boat, e-pack and battery combination is best for you, I am going to give a few examples so you can see which matches most your anticipated use.

John and Sarah Brown live on the outskirts of Birmingham and want to spend weekends and holidays exploring the canal network. They chose a 12′ boat with e-pack B and two HD 100 a/h batteries. They cruise for a while stopping to explore towns villages and the countryside along the way. They take a small tent and camping gear and because they switch off the motor while opening and closing lock gates and while exploring ashore, they have more than enough power to cruise continuously throughout the spring, summer and autumn without having to plug in to the mains. Being young and fit, they have no trouble packing all their camping gear, batteries and e-pack into their estate car at the end of the cruise, before lifting the boat on to the roof rack and tying it down securely.

Very stable (all are five feet wide) swivel chair option.

Mike Smith is a lake fisherman. He chose a 10′ boat with e-pack C and two Novell 100 a/h batteries. In addition he chose the optional Jumbo Radio Control He charges the batteries in his garage overnight, where the temperature can be below zero in the winter, so he selected Novel batteries which can withstand charging at sub-zero Centigrade. He uses the self-drive facility to cruise in a pre-planned pattern over the lake while he trolls with a spinner. He also does some deeper fishing over a sunken car, using dynamic anchoring to hold his boat in just the right place without swinging around on a physical anchor and rope. He has a swivel chair mounted on a pedestal in his boat. Sitting or standing, Mike can control the boat with one foot on the Jumbo radio control, leaving his hands free for the serious business of fishing ! He doesn’t need solar charging . A 10′ boat is big enough to take all his gear for the day on the lake and is light enough for him to lift easily on top of his car at the end of the day. (He removes the e-pack and batteries and stows them in his car before lifting the boat)

Tom and Mary Jones have two children and drive to different rivers and lakes for day trips and camping weekends as a family. They chose a 14′ boat with e-pack A and two HD 100 a/h batteries .In addition they chose the optional Jumbo Radio Control The children love being able to drive the boat using the hand-held radio control and talk endlessly to their school friends and teachers about how environmentally green their boat is, running on solar power and how it can drive itself along a pre-planned course along the rivers. Their friends are very happy to be invited out with them for a day, so both are very popular.

Sometimes during the week Mary takes out her two cousins Jake and Michael. Jake has lost the use of his fingers, but can use the Jumbo pad Mary bought specially with him in mind.

Peter Jones is a good mechanic in his first job, the boss lets him use his van with roof-rack at weekends. He bought his e-boat with his first bank loan and keeps it in a corner of the workshop. He chose a 10′ boat with e-pack D and one HD 100 a/h battery. He uses it in different ways as he gets new ideas. Fishing with friends, inviting a girl from the canteen for an afternoon on the river, or just cruising on his own. Whenever he ties up to the bank he always finds passers-by want to talk to him about his e-boat “how do you steer it? is a frequent question. He makes a lot of new friends.

There is another way – “Three men in a boat”.. a factual account of a trip up the Thames by Jerome K. Jerome.

“The chief beauty of this book lies not, so much in its literary
style, or in the extent and usefulness of the information it conveys, as in its simple truthfulness. Its pages form the record of events that really happened. All that has been done is to colour them; and, for this, no extra charge has been made. George and Harris and Montmorency are not Poetic ideals, but things of flesh and blood — especially George, who weighs about twelve stone. “.

Just buy one or two sets of Oars and Rowlocks to go with your boat to repeat this journey. Or take the same trip with a solar e-pack and batteries.