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We decided to buy an Inmar 365R-AL for our S/V Lynx tender!

Now that our electric outboard was on the way, we had to purchase our tender.  We have deliberated for years on which model, but in a last minute find, choose the Inmar 365R-AL!  If you want to read all about why we decided on this dingy over all the other contenders, read our Gear: Tender page.  Videos will be coming as soon as we get this and the electric outboard out for some sea trials, which will be done in 2022.  Both the tender and Stealth motor (see news article, below) are due to arrive in about six weeks.


We ordered our custom made electric outboard
It may seem odd to order an outboard for a tender we don't yet have, especially when we haven't even started construction on the main boat kit!  However, these are custom made outboards so we wanted to give them some time.  More importantly, we want to put our entire tender together (both engines, DIY lithium batteries, and RIB) so that we can start doing some of the custom modifications we plan followed by some Youtube videos as we test out out the various configurations, beaching, range, battery placement, even electric bike transport mounts.  These tests down at the ocean will also give us a break from epoxy and sanding work as we put the kit together.   To read more about this electric outboard and why we choose it, go to this link: Outboard

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We bought our catamaran plans!
As we mentioned in the previous news post, phase 2 is purchasing the plans from Schionning Designs.  That happened today, on July 22nd, 2022.  That means we are now fully committed to building S/V Lynx as a semi-custom Solitaire 1500.  Now we are busy getting things ready to start construction as soon as January 2023, it all depends on how fast the shipping container gets through customs and is delivered to our build site.  We have a lot to prepare.  We have to get our DIY batteries built, the site locked down, solar panels purchased, tools bought, our corporation formed, and much, much more!  Busy times!


We have a timeline for building S/V Lynx

We have already started Phase 1, which is to design our 3D concept model to show all the alterations we want to make to the Solitaire 1490 to get her closer to our perfect boat, the Solitaire 1500.  This has been completed (see this page: The Solitaire 1490).  Phase 2 is purchasing the plans from Schionning Designs.  This step also includes paying them to make the changes to the kit (based on the concept model we created).  That process will take a month or two and will begin in July, 2022.  Phase 3, we order the modified kit from Advanced Materials Solutions in Cape Town, South Africa, which will take place as soon as Phase 2 is complete, likely September of 2022.  Phase 4, we start construction of S/V Lynx when the kit arrives, likely near the end of January 2023.

Build Parts

We changed in our propulsion plan

I have been speaking to various manufacturers of propulsion systems.   We had decided to go with two 45 hp parallel hybrid motors, but in talking to some experts, had to consider changing to a Combo Hybrid/Parallel system (one 110hp / 20kw parallel hybrid in the port hull and one 20kw electric motor in the starboard hull).  I ran all the numbers and decided that this was the way to go!  It weighs less, has more horsepower, is more fuel efficient, has less maintenance, and costs less to install!  You may read all about it here:  Propulsion

Propulsion Change

New plan for building a catamaran

In the Covid years, boat prices suddenly skyrocketed and all of the used production cat models we are interested in either sold or are just too expensive.  We saved enough to buy a boat, but at these prices, we would not have enough left over to do the refit!  So, we have a new plan!  We are thinking of building our own 50' performance/cruiser catamaran from a customized Schionning Designs model, the Solitaire 1490.  For more information, check out this page: The Solitaire 1490

New Boat Choice

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