Total Solar Electric Yacht

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The common person's boat, back water hospital, mobile generation station, loitering platform. Has the capability to mount over 3 Kw of solar and 14 Kw of alkaline fuel cell (NH3 ammonia with cracker or straight hydrogen).

The MOG is a solar electric boat created for shallow intracoastal waters and a steady pace. Here are some stats:

Length 39 feet, eleven inches.
Beam 11 feet, 4 inches.
Draft 1 foot, 6 inches (.45 meter)
Air draft (bridge clearance) eight feet, two inches (2.49 meter)
Weight about 12,000 pounds.
6 photovoltaic modules of 235 watts each (1410 watts total)
2 10 hp inboard or outboard electric motors using eCycle motor technology
1 60 hp auxiliary engine (additional speed or auxiliary/emergency use).
Top speed 7 knots. Cruise 2-3 knots.
Full head with sink and separated full standing shower.
Interior height 82 inches throughout.
Forward saloon and aft salon with fold down queen bed. Head and galley are midship, between saloon and salon. Or an operating room and office/prep/scan room.
No through holes in hull below water line.
Probable foamed lead or lithium ion batteries by October 2012 (10 to 20 kw). Currently, standard lead acid batteries.
Alkaline fuel cell slated for 2012/13 from Apollo Energy Systems.
Solar hot water with propane back up.
Galley has refrigerator, propane stove with oven in an Avonite & Corian counte/rsink unit.
Embarking on a Great Loop of America proof of concept craft tour May 2012.
Development time frame 22 years.
Longest excursion to date, 512+ miles (MD, VA & NC) using no fossil fuels.

Photo #252 is of one of the two 20 pound 10 hp eCycle electric motors on Mercury power trains.

ACTUAL PHOTOS, not renderings.



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  • Name:
    George Mcneir
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    25 years on this project & Buell motorcyle racing
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  • George is inspired by:
    Nearly 80% of the world's population is within 100 kilometers of oceans. Emergency clinics & hospitals are needed for that population during a crisis.

    Hurricane Katrina and Sandy were proof of the insurmountable suffering endured by hundreds of thousands of people without access to small dry clinics that could have been positioned immediately following the storms. Communities cut off completely by only 1 to 2 meters of still water. As the water recedes, so do the boats or they can remain level with the ground.

    Thousands suffered because of insufficient outreach treatment, in their immediate location, that could loiter in an area and visit hundreds of homes a day. Personally dispensing medicine, physical support and mental support is paramount.

    Although over 30,000 were evacuated by helicopter in New Orleans alone, more effective search, recovery and immediate medical assistance could have been performed using the shallow water self generated powered boats.

    Many more people could have been serviced right in their local area and triaged for a more orderly removal, especially for elderly, juvenile and injured survivors. The boats, with radios and GPS could pass on critical information to air and wheeled vehicles better suited elsewhere.

    Boats could also furnish small amounts of fresh made water and lowering typhoid and cholera incidence.

    The need for a portable, self energized & powered clinic/hospitals fanning out over large areas is an idea so far removed from current search & rescue, that its critical implementation is completely unseen.

    Medical & technical solutions are useless unless transported to the site needed including responders versed in their use. Just helicopters are not the answer, self powered lightweight air transportable boats are the answer.
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