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March 12, 2019

Read the article from Boating NZ magazine about Kevin and Clippers journey from diesel to electric motor power.


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October 21, 2018

This afternoon, after the big rain storm, Kevin used a fire hose to clean out the bilge ready for the electric motor to be installed tomorrow. What fun Kevin had with the fire hose. But it was the best and quickest way to clean the bilge.

Cleaning the bilge is a dirty, disgusting...

October 20, 2018

Come and see Clipper launch on Wednesday morning around 9 am ish, we think, as an electric vehicle. Two and a half years of research and Clipper is about the get her electric motor.  We are at Wynnum Manly marina slip way to do the installation.  This will make her a sailboat EV...

September 25, 2018

Today, Kevin received the 48 volt, pure sign wave inverter from ebay. The inverter has been purchased to run on the 48 volt battery system on Clipper. It is important that the batteries used to run the inverter have a high discharge rating. The batteries we use have a discharge r...

September 12, 2018

When we decided to throw the diesel motor out and go electric we were not aware of the other advantages of going electric.

Going electric is a huge journey of discovery. Last night for the first time we did not use any gas to prepare dinner. We even heated the dishwater for the wa...

June 11, 2017

Finding the history of Clipper and eventually meeting those who built and voyaged on her has been a journey in itself. It all started with the documents Kevin was given when he purchased Clipper.

September 16, 2016

We live on Clipper, our small sailing boat. She is a means to save money, gives us a roof over our heads and will allow blue ocean voyages, all on a small income. To read more about Clipper and her history click here.

Clipper was purchased to voyage on, however there is much work...

September 13, 2016

 I have been a member of many clubs in my time, but I must say, this is the one which has made me laugh the most.

Last night we spent the evening at the Maritime Museum in Brisbane, the lights are sparkling on the Brisbane River, there are one or two boats which members have broug...

August 20, 2016

We were not generating enough power on the boat for our needs, we had to decide what to do. We needed enough power to run a fridge, power tools,  two laptops and mobiles, a vacuum cleaner,  electric toothbrush and occasionally an inverter.

A 40 watt panel came with the boat w...

March 17, 2016

It has been a few weeks since our last post. It has been an incredibly busy time. Clipper, Kevin's boat is now moored on the Brisbane River in a suburb called Bulimba. There has been much to do and this will continue over the next year or so. She has to be a in condition to livea...

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