parked at dockLighting at nightOn lake with Solar PanelFloat towing
OwnerDan Baker
Owner's Other EVsThe Interceptor 25
Snowpig
2013 Sylvan Mirage 820
LocationHalifax, Nova Scotia Canada map
WebWebPage
Vehicle2010 Mark 1
15' length 8ft beam Poor Man's Pontoon
Boat
Pressure treated frame and decking
8 x 55 gallon barrels.
Motor 55 lb trolling motor x 2 Brushless DC
Upgraded motors from 32 to 55 lbs
Motors mounted on each rear corner provide
thrust and steering (skid steer) Works
surprisingly well
Drivetraintrolling motor x 2
Controller Arduino RC Autopilot
Arduino based control now adds remote control
and Autopilot! Boat can now cruise lake via
Google map based course
Batteries2 Dynasty type 14, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
133 amp/hr each, sealed. gentle used UPS
batteries
System Voltage12 Volts
ChargerSolar home built enclosure using 6x6 cells
Now wrapping up it's 4th season of Solar
power!

1 panel - 140 watts peak,
mounted on roof.
Solar panel solely powered boat for 4
boating seasons! Not bad for a DIY panel!
InstrumentationFishfinder, volt gauge
Top Speed4 MPH ( 6 KPH)
Measured with GPS - about as fast as a
leasurely canoe ride. New motors don't
add much to top speed but have better
pulling power and response against
wave/wind
Acceleration0 to blistering top speed in about 10 sec
Range6 Miles ( 9 Kilometers)
1.5 runs up and down lake in a single day
(on a day that was cloudy and sunny)
Seating Capacity6 adults
Curb Weight1,200 Pounds (545 Kilograms)
Conversion Timeabout 6 weeks
Conversion CostFor initial build ~$2900. Autopilot/rc control
adds $500 ($3400 total invested)
Additional FeaturesNow with Arduino based RC / autopilot control!
Bluetooth stereo with 2 built in speakers and 2 forward
firing + subwoofer and amp
2 rear storage bins/seats (cover motor tops)
center console
navigation light, spreader lights with strobe function
strip Light LEDs in canopy top and handrails
marine safety kit, fire extingisher, air horn, lifejackets
deck seating - 2 lounge chairs or anything you'd want on a
deck
removable swim ladder
beverage holders
tuck away danforth style anchor
dock style pin mounting for parking

named it Firefly, slow like car version, better looking
at
night like insect :-)

about 850 screws and 900 LED :-)
Built for quiet evening excursions or fishing on small
lake,
barely leaves a wake
extremely stable

As mentioned in:

www.trendhunter.com/trends/dan-baker-firefly

www.gizmag.com/100-percent-solar-boat-that-cost-
under-2900-to-build/23273/

www.tomsguide.com/us/Solar-Powered-Boat-DIY-green-
tech,news-15856.html

www.inhabitat.com/this-firefly-is-a-solar-powered-
boat-that-only-costs-2900/

www.cleantechnica.com/2012/07/22/firefly-solar-
powered-boat-putting-progress-into-a-modern-perspective/

www.atissun.com/blog/8316/100-solar-powered-boat-
cost-only-2900/

www.greenzonetv.info/blog/green-news/the-firefly-is-a-
100-solar-powered-boat-that-only-costs-2900/

www.greenlichen.com/2012/07/firefly-solar-boat-that-
works-on-solar-power/#more-4972

www.hugestuff.com/events/man-builds-100-solar-
powered-boat/

www.boatingworld.com/News/Article/Solar-Boat

www.carboncreditstradinginfo.com/firefly-solar-
powered-boat-putting-progress-into-a-modern-
perspective.html

www.generatuenergia.com/2012/07/11/firefly-barco-
electrico-solar-autoconstruido-y-sostenible-por-2-350-
euros/





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