Deka Intimidator - The perfect deep cycle power solutionRod Muller of Strath Steam in South Australia sent us a few shots of his electric powered boat on it's maiden voyage last week. Having years of experience building and working with electric vehicles, it wasn't going to be long before he decided to adapt electric propulsion to his other favourite hobby.
The boat used an inboard brushless DC motor, electronic speed, controller and 6 100Ah Deka Intimidator AGMs. Initial speed runs have been severely limited by an undersized (and soon to be replaced) controller, however the streamlined craft has already proved it's worth recording a heathy 20-odd knots on the GPS.
Rod reports that inital outing was a complete success and that the run did "stuff all" to the Initimidators' state of charge, suggesting that range will be more than suffient for a full day on the river.
Not bad for a craft that Rod knocked together in the garage in his spare time.