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John & Karen, Will & Sarah at the Seattle Boat Show, 2013

 

HYDROVANE NEWS

January 2015: Introducing the Hydromax 150 Fuel Cell Battery Charger

Fuel cells have been around for a long time, although only recently marketed specially for marine use. They are small electrochemical devices that directly convert the chemical energy of a continuous reaction into electrical energy – safely, quietly, and without excessive generation of heat. 

The HYDROMAX 150 is an excellent complement to other methods of green power generation on a cruising boat.  It is a quiet and reliable way to produce 12V power, anytime and anywhere.

The HYDROMAX 150 is unique because:

  • It uses no flammable fuel (no methanol)
  • The mixing of two very safe components – a salt and an acid (malic acid, which is found in fruit and used as a food additive) – provides the chemical reaction
  • These fuels are shipped and stored in dried powder form
  • Can produce over 300 Amps in a 24 Hour period

Hydrovane Intentional Marine Inc. (manufacturer of the Hydrovane self steering windvane) is now the sole North American distributor for the HYDROMAX 150. Learn more here

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Fuel Cell Battery Charger

 

November 2013: Achieving a dream… Sailing into Sydney Harbour

In December 2011, Sarah and Will Curry purchased their first boat in Mexico: a Beneteau First 405 ‘Hydroquest’. They covered 12,000 nautical in two years: within Mexico, the ‘Pacific Puddle Jump’, and through many idyllic South Pacific island groups. In November 2013 they sailed into Sydney Harbour, Australia, which had been a dream for many years. 

Read about their adventures on Sarah’s blog: http://svhydroquest.com/

Will and Sarah sail towards the Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Will and Sarah sail towards the Harbour Bridge, Sydney

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2013, 2014, and 2015: Seminar ‘Mexico to Australia: A Two Year Plan’

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Sarah and Will, Vancouver Boat Show2

 

August 2012: Windvane Renaissance

“…the windvane will make a comeback as a new generation of eco-aware sailors begin to reassess the value of simplicity and a brilliant piece of kit that needs no power.”  quote from David Glenn, Editor of Yachting World – August 2012.

Uku Randmaa (uku@morgander.ee) of Estonia’s Hanse 430. Taken during his 2012 solo circumnavigation.