Preview: Early Testing for an Electric AROHA

April 11, 2021

Avatar The Off Center Crew

While it’s way too early to share details of Pete Sewell’s tests of the electric motor he’s put into WHIO (the original AROHA in New Zealand), we can definitely say that the tests are making it clear that an electric drive for this boat is not only possible, but probable.

It’s even sparked discussions between Off Center Harbor and Brooklin Boat Yard of a much larger 40-something-foot version with an electric drive.

Here’s Pete’s reaction after his first two hour cruise with the electric motor:

Until we have enough real data to put in a chart along with a discussion of all the variables, we’re looking at the “75 cents” and the comparison to a cup of coffee as a fun thought not yet warranting brain space and calculators.

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