Self recharging electric boat project

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Project by generic posted 09-17-2014 06:03 PM 3001 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This boat was designed and built by me and will be capable of recharging its batteries by the motion of the boat in the water.. The more it rocks, the more it charges itself !!
I have been playing with this project for many years. It’s like that old 35 chevy in the garage.. You get to it when you get to it. I have a burning desire to use everyday motion and weight that is just plain wasted and turn it into electricity.. I can’t help myself.
It takes energy to lift your foot up but it is a total waste to lower it as all the energy is lost from that motion.
If it weighs something and moves, I can turn it into electricity and this boat was supposed to be my show and tell project but somehow turned into more of a furniture making project with all of the detail involved in it’s making. The inlays in the second pic are all curley maple set into black walnut and sapele. There is not a single straight line on a boat and I think that is what makes this the most fun. Every 3/8” thick strip on the boats hull was hand fitted on the frames and them covered with epoxy and glass cloth.

-- TMF

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 06:35 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

You have my attention.
I may have the perfect application, if there is such a thing as perpetual motion and consistent charging.

I have three Great-Grandchildren and their battery operated tractor, 4-wheeler and barbie jeep are always in need of charging, but when charged they are definitely rockin’ & rollin’.

Might also work with a Hammock and a battery powered Keg-er-ator. ...just kiddin’ around ;-)

Marked this one to ‘Watch’, thanks for sharing. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 07:11 PM

Kinda like those (very) expensive “self winding” watches that you have to buy a rocking cradle for it to set in at night?

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 10:11 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.
I will enjoy watching this project come together.

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 11:24 AM

That is awesome. Will be watching for more on this project as it progresses. Enjoy

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 12:33 PM


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#6 posted 09-18-2014 05:22 PM

That is really cool. Look forward to following your progress on your boat and also your future post. Welcome to LJs

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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