Zen 24, a new electric sailboat design from Japan

Zen24 heads East

 

Zen24 heads East…
Oct Is here and the Annaoplis boat show is near at hand. With help from Yoh Sensei’s son we made the Zenboat ready to travel and show in Annapolis Maryland .
In addition to cleaning, we installed the portapotti, raisers for the winches, and a set of solar panels which were mounted on the cabin top. These were special configuration assembled by Ganz-Eco energy co . The panels are semi-flexible and can be stepped on with no problem. That takes care of the charging problem while out all day motoring or when sitting for days without being plugged in to a power source. It also makes the Zen24 more self contained and more green. I think this is a major step in increasing the appeal of the boat.
We are hopeful that the East Coast turns out to be a better venue for the Zenboat. Having so many more small places to explore and hangout perhaps this will be the place for this boat. We have two sailing magazines doing articles on the Zenboat, little by little we are getting more exposure to the public. What we really need ow is for someone to purchase one and have it be part of a sailing community.
Preparing the boat for shipping took some effort, however the big effort was getting it settled on the flat bed truck. After it was already on the truck the driver decides that the wheels need to come off the trailer to lower the boat enough to be leak on the road. This took some real effort. Lucky I have some connections at the marine and was able to come up with two large floor jacks to raise the boat and the trailer up to remove the ties. The whole operation was scary. However we did it without anyone or the boat and me getting hurt! Yatta!
and then she was off…
As I write this I am on the plane flying to meet her in Annapolis.
*note: I will edit in pictures late. My iPad is limited

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