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Snow Lily - The Electric Propeller Company
Snow Lily, Tartan 34C powered by Electroprop Mariner – Electroprop’s Top Efficiency Driveline Snow Lily is a 1969 Tartan 34C which I purchased for next to nothing when the boat was a week away from the scrapyard. Tim Lackey of Lackey Sailing, LLC in Whitefield, Maine took on the project for me of a total and complete restoration. every inch of the boat was redone over a year and a half of continuous hard work. Tim is a traditionalist and was skeptical of electric propulsion, but willing to install it if I so chose. I considered the issue for many months and came to the conclusion that a diesel repower would be best, but found I just could not close the deal on that decision. So after months of deciding diesel but not able to simply tell Tim to go diesel I realized I really, really wanted to try electric. I have numerous internal combustion engines from an old pickup, to an old small airplane to an old snow cat and I just couldn’t bring myself to add another ICE to my maintenance workload. Also, the few cruising boats I’ve sailed on all had a slight whiff of gas or diesel odor and the though of installing one of these in my main cabin living space just repelled me. So electric was my decision given to a reluctant Tim Lackey. He did say it would greatly simplify the repowering eliminating cooling water intake, fuel tank plumbing, exhaust and finding room …