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Wind is Free - The Electric Propeller Company
Wind is Free, a 1974 Gulfstar 41 Ketch displacing 20,000 lbs. powered by a 72 Volt Voyager I purchased my 41 ft 1974 Gulfstar ketch nine years ago at a marina in Va on the Patomac river.We renamed her Windisfree and found her to be a comfortable cruiser. Although we`ve only gone on day sails and overnighters we plan to travel on longer voyages when I retire in the near future. Windisfree was powered by the original perkins 108 diesel which had seen better days. After seven years of problem after problem with the propulsion system I decided it was time for a change. Although a new diesel would be one way to go we would still have to tolerate the noise, smell and vibration that bothered my wife and I. It seems to be so adverse to the serenity we find in sailing. I talked to various people and researched on the internet about electric propulsion and I decided that was the way to go. There were quite a few systems for smaller boats but I didn`t see one I trusted for the 20,000 lbs of Windisfree. I wanted to work with someone on the eastcoast for convenience sake but after James Lambden`s name came up several times by people that knew more about electric propulsion than I did I decided to give him a call. James put together a system that was beyond my expectations. Installation was easier than I expected although I did have to call James …