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Long tests: Interlux Pacifica Plus and Torqeedo Travel 1003

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

11 Responses

  1. PS Torqeedo’s magnetic “ignition key” doesn’t stand up to a lot of sun, as seen in the next to last photo, but I learned that any strong magnet works.

  2. PPS If you click on the top photo to make it big, you will see what a poor idea it was to use ablative anti-fouling paint on a stainless rudder that’s regularly in the wash of a 28×28 five-bladed prop driven by a 450hp engine. I probably should have used the same Pettit Zinc Barnacle Barrier that did pretty well over 18 months on the prop itself:
    http://www.pettitpaint.com/product.asp?id=262
    but I’m interested in alternatives for both…
    Also, no blame to the Interlux Pacifica Plus for all those barnacles under the keel. I know the exact location of the bump in the southern New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway where I left that paint 😉

  3. xavier Itzmann says:

    We’ve learned to live with our Travel 1003.
    Essentially, treat the throttle as if it is a nuclear bomb: very gingerly. You can engage it, but slowly. You can floor it, but very progressively. You can reverse it, but gradually. Anything else, and be ready to face the E-demons: the thing locks up and must be rebooted.
    I’ve looked into getting a Li-Ion or similar small/lightweight 12V batt to provide up to 50 watts of power/recharge _during_ use of the 1003, like some Aussies do, but at circa $350 when it is all said and done, am rather considering just biting the bullet and getting a second Torqeedo-brand battery for $700.
    In addition to the Travel 1003, we have a brand new Tohatsu in the lazarette since almost a year ago. We’ve never used it yet. Ethanol, oil, weight, refueling, who has time for that? Eventually we’ll need its power or range, and that’s why it’s there, but I dread the day.
    So the electric is just an easier package, but it is heavy on the wallet and requires deliberation when in use.

  4. Orin Guidry says:

    Where did you moor in fresh water in South Carolina?

  5. Richard C says:

    Ben,
    What paint did you use on the rudder? With the bottom looking so good the rudder has a lot of growth. I wonder if the rudder sees more turbulence and allows the ablative paint to bleed off more quickly then the paint on the bottom.
    The prop on Gizmo looks fine. I used the same Pettit #1792 from a spray can and experienced the same performance, which is very acceptable in my opinion. I think the only alternative worth a try, at great cost, is PropSpeed, http://www.propspeedusa.com. Some people in the boat yard love it and some did not have success with it. I’m told the application of PropSpeed is very tricky and may be the reason for some failures.

  6. Orin, my boat spend last winter (Nov. thru March) at Osprey Marina near Myrtle Beach, SC. If you look on the Transient page here, you’ll see that they describe themselves a freshwater marina and the location is a man-made basin near the upper reaches of the Waccamaw River (which is used as the ICW):
    http://www.ospreymarina.com/
    It’s a bit mysterious as there are tides at the marina, and I didn’t taste test or swim in the water (it’s very brown) but I did observe the fairly rapid death and disappearance of waterline weed that looked something like the photos at top when I arrived.
    Then a new kind of slime grew on the boat (which also got covered with incredibly sticky yellow pine pollen). The freshwater fouling died when I got in salty water again; in fact, the bottom paint looked really good by the time I got back to Camden in early May. (But I still sometimes find clots of the pollen stuck to things.)
    All in all, the salinity change was a neat bonus on top of what is already a well managed, super safe, and reasonably priced marina. It may also account for the fact that all my Zincs survived the 18 months, though some were close. Incidentally, the heavy mussel growth seen on the underwater lights and aft zinc must have happened this fall; otherwise I would have stiff brushed it off.
    Richard, I tried Pacifica Plus on the rudder in May 2012 because I didn’t have enough zinc spray. I think it’s fine to use on any metal (because it contains no metal) but it obviously couldn’t handle the prop wash.

  7. Mark Pellerin says:

    We had horrible success with Pacifica on a sailboat in MD. In fact, oysters grew all over it like it was a most wonderful host. The paint came from Interlux as a gift because the previous coating of Micron 66 had “cornflaked” in low salinity water of that weather freaky year, 2010 ?, where a lot of rain had fallen on NY and VT and then watershed’d its way down and into the Chesapeake. I wondered if the paint gifted had been from a previous formula because on another boat and one painted more recently, the results are better. With the oyster’d boat, we were told that the boat “needed more use”. That’s a great command but sometimes not practical. Never-mind, the failure prompted a move to Petitt and to their heaviest copper offering, a paint that PS recommends. The proof is that it was clean/clean at this week’s haulout. This same customer bought a Torqueedo at the Boat Show year before last and loves it so much .. it’s kept under lock, key and glass cover. I’ve used it once, and have to row out to the mooring !

  8. Adam says:

    I’d love to see a long term test of an ultrasonic anti-fouling system like this one:
    http://www.westcoastultrasonics.com . I’ve been pondering this option every time I haulout my boat and have to paint.

  9. Adam, my friend Charlie Doane has been testing ultrasonic anti-fouling on his aluminum sloop Lunacy for about three years. I think this is latest post on Wavetrain:
    http://www.wavetrain.net/the-lunacy-report/411-ultrasonic-antifouling-second-full-season-results
    Charlie has also tried several copper-free paints (none of which made him happy) during this same period. Plus he’s using the single frequency UltraSonic brand while you referenced the Soanar brand which works at multiple frequencies.
    Also, PYI has just started distributing the Sonihull multi-frequency anti-fouling system:
    http://www.pyiinc.com/sonihull/sonihullduo.html

  10. Neat that eMarine has a small solar panel for charging Torqeedo batteries and also a 12v charging cord, both reasonably priced, I think: http://goo.gl/ktA78l

  11. Erik says:

    Looks like a reasonable item, surely a desirable thing. I will say that $26 is a bit steep for the 2.5 mm plug. When I wired one to the 12 v panel on my boat, I think a pair of the 2.5 plugs cost about $3. That’s retail, in a radio shack in Maine. Sure, the cable is one piece and more water resistant, but really, I don’t think that I’d consider leaving the battery unit exposed to water when charging. Ever. The panels are quite nice.

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