I Sing the Torqeedo Electric

The Kona Concept cruises to Catalina on electric juice. Yeah, we all need to get greener. But using an electric outboard to make the run from Long Beach, California, to Catalina Island? A couple of guys did it last month as part of the Torqeedo Catalina Challenge. The Challenge is an event designed by Torqeedo in an effort to get boaters to view electric engines as a power source option for cruising. (And, presumably, in the process sell more Torqeedos.) The first challengers, Erik Robert Nordskog, and navigator ...

20th November 2009.
By Pete McDonald

The Kona cruises to Catalina on electric juice.

The Kona Concept cruises to Catalina on electric juice.

Yeah, we all need to get greener. But using an electric outboard to make the run from Long Beach, California, to Catalina Island? A couple of guys did it last month as part of the Torqeedo Catalina Challenge.

The Challenge is an event designed by Torqeedo in an effort to get boaters to view electric engines as a power source option for cruising. (And, presumably, in the process sell more Torqeedos.)

The first challengers, Erik Robert Nordskog, and navigator Jim Czarnowski, piloted a 16′ Hobie Catamaran powered by a Torqeedo Cruise 4.0R juiced with two Lifeline® battery banks with a total of 48V. A solar panel on the Bimini helped charge the batteries for the run.

The Path of the Torqeedo.

The Path of the Torqeedo.

Blistering out of the gates, the pair completed the 26 mile journey in 6 hours and 41 minutes.

For more information, visit the Torqeedo Website.


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Pete McDonald is a contributing editor to Power & Motoryacht. Previously, he spent 11 years on the editorial staff of Boating. He has won multiple writing awards and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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