There are lots and lots of ways to step a mast (raise the mast) on a sailboat. On larger craft, this gets into cranes and the like, but for smaller boats, its a process that you do often as you launch and trailer your boat.
Good Old Boat had this nice article covering one fairly simple method.
In surfing around looking at this, I ran across this guy, who seems to have his process down to an art 🙂
DIY Boat Owner is covering the Sea Hawk LED. Another marine LED application that seems to be working well for some.
I find more and more places that LED’s are getting cheap enough to consider, and they usually work well. I live by an LED flashlight, that’s for sure 🙂
I’ve seen bits and snags on this boat, but here’s the "home page"… pretty boat showcasing modern solar technologies. She’s a 101-foot catamaran powered completely by the sun, with 5,780 square feet of solar panels arrayed on deck.
Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine also has a podcast (audio) interview with founder Raphael Domjan.
Just a quick Merry Christmas wish to everybody out there… hope you had/have a safe and happy holiday.
We covered this art exhibit before (with video)… Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine has a more detailed article with info on how it was created. Pretty slick.
Now if I can just launch mine without recreating the effect.
SOL Solutions has several nifty looking solar energy products. Not sure how some of them might play on a boat, but their portable power unit could be very handy if you are building "remote" from utilities.
You can combine up to three panels for more generation. Neat design.
Mobile Solar Generators
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Perfect point of use, off the grid, alternative to old paradigm, noisy gas generators.
Clean, silent, renewable energy that you own, with no ongoing costs ever!
One small, easy to move, all in one integrated unit, ready to point towards the sun at your best location, and deliver up to 1200 watts of AC power, and 12 volts DC power,â€¨and even charge all your Ni-Mh smaller batteries.
Elegantly designed unit including, one 135 watt photovoltaic panel, three 100 amp/hour deep cycle sealed batteries, solar charge controller, watt Meter, 1500 watt inverter/charger, external AC/DC plugs.
All in a sleek, simple, two-wheel, cart.
The entire site is geared around motor home/RV supplies (which are often boat useful also). These holding tanks look like they might fit well for us in a boat kind of like mine, where you are going more "bare bones" and not plumbing in full water supplies, holding tanks and the like. ===
Various new and used boating gear. Still sparse in areas I think, but worth a look.
Part of Instructables "Free Yacht" series, they are having a bit of fun.
Pocock makes racing shells. Not a line of watercraft I know much of anything about, although I have a niece who is rowing on a team (hi Morgan!). Anyway, Pocock has a couple of pages discussing the use of composites in their boatbuilding… worth a quick read. (Part I, Part II, and the FAQ’s)