Stabicraft

>>> Stabicraft

Interesting, tough looking boats. I suspect it is a look only some people will like, but if you’re looking for a tough boat on the smaller end, might be worth checking out.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF STABICRAFT!

At Stabicraft Marine, Adventure with Confidence is more than just a motto – it’s a promise. Whether it’s for work or play, we get boaties there – and back again – safely. Here you will learn more about our serious, safe and stable boats.

Serious – Stabicraft Marine pioneered Positive Buoyancyâ„¢ boats, built to last far beyond whatever you are likely to ask of them.

Safe – Virtually unsinkable and rugged, our distinctive designs make us a global leader in the marine industry.

Stable – The unique and highly stable hull design allows greater payloads and tougher seas to be navigated.

With a Stabicraft boat you can always Adventure with Confidence.

Crossing the Atlantic in a Multihull Flats Boat

>>> Crossing the Atlantic in a Multihull Flats Boat

…we were working on the boat the night before we left, at two o’clock in the morning, and it still wasn’t done.

These guys crossed the Atlantic in honor of the memory of Sgt John Harvey, Cpl George Holmes, and SSgt Dewey Johnson. They are trying to raise awareness and money for some of our fallen hero soldiers.

I want to learn a lot more about their boat. A 21′ outboard powered design that can navigate in 3" of water… but can handle the ocean? Sounds impressive. Looks kind of flat-bottom catamaran like. Mad Marinerâ„¢ has an in-depth interview with them that is worth the read.

Mars Electric LLC – Parsun Electric Outboards

>>> Mars Electric LLC – Parsun Electric Outboards

A recent posting in the Electric Boats mailing list pointed me to the Mars Electric LLC site. They are offering various electric motors, controllers and other items including the Parsun Electric Outboard Motors.

Apparently they took a lot of the same design as the Briggs and Stratton Electric Outboard (which has been out of production for a while) and made a similar unit.

Streamlined Outboards

While touring some of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC the other day (make sure and see that if you haven’t), I ran across this ad/picture of an old outboard motor. It was giving examples of old style streamlining, etc. Sometimes I think the older styling was better than the modern stuff… of course that might explain the looks of the boat I chose to build 🙂

First Commercial Outboard Motor – Electric

During my recent travels we stopped at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa, OK… not where you would expect a large and nice aquarium, but its there 🙂 Displays are nice, signage very good and informative, with quite an array of sea life to examine. But, that’s not what this is about…

One "side display" of the aquarium is the Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum. Now, I’ll admit, I nearly didn’t even go in… that’s not really my thing. Anyhow, we wound up wondering through. I never imagined there were that many types of reels, rods, lures, whatnots to collect. In the back of the room were a couple of small boats and several outboard motors from the early 20th century. One was of particular interest to me.

The sign read:

 

Submergible Electric Motor Co.

Submergible Outboard 1902

The Submergible Electric Motor was the 1st commercial outboard motor. To reach a top speed of 4.5 miles per hour, the motor required a bank of batteries which weighed about 500 pounds.

 

And we think we’ve come so far 🙂

Looks a lot like the modern pod type electrics, or trolling motors, doesn’t it?

The Old Outboard Book