The presentation of a new battery, the consequences of Hurricane Yan in Florida and the rescue of a sailing yacht are the main yachting news for October 5, 2022.
Aceleron to Introduce 'World's First' METSTRADE LFP Battery
Aceleron, the developer and creator of lithium batteries, has created a new unique battery. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that for maintenance, repair and modernization it can be disassembled and reassembled. Among other interesting chips, the ability to track the battery status via Bluetooth was also noted.
The Essential 2.0 battery will premiere at METSTRADE in Amsterdam. The autonomous battery LFP group-31 is equipped with a BMS system. Thanks to the BMS, the battery has Bluetooth and CanBus (via RS485). They provide local, network and completely remote monitoring capabilities. All the most important parameters (charge level, battery wear, etc.) can now be monitored from a distance.
Aceleron has also tried to create the perfect hull for marine use. Ergonomic carrying handle, rubberized feet and universal dimensions - all for convenience. Using Lithium Iron Phosphate alloy, Essential 2.0 is half the weight Cobalt-free Lithium Iron Phosphate technology means it's half the weight of classic lead-acid batteries.
According to the company, peak power will be 200A+. The battery will be guaranteed for 5,000 cycles. Essential 2.0 will also be available in 12V, 24V and 48V configurations. If necessary, several batteries can be connected together to achieve a capacity of more than 2,000 Ah.
Hurricane Yan tore through Southwest Florida
The hurricane was one of the most powerful storms in the United States in recent years. The natural disaster took its terrifying course through Florida with wind speeds of over 220 km / h. Many coastal cities were left not only without electricity, but also suffered from flooding.
In addition to the cars carried away by the water, of course, yachts also suffered. Dozens of yachts were torn from anchors and moorings at best. Some were washed ashore, some were swept out to sea and destroyed by the hurricane. Up to 76 cm of precipitation is expected in central Florida.
The storm is now moving inland, threatening large-scale flash floods. Nearly 2 million homes and businesses across the state were out of power. The same hurricane left almost all of Cuba without electricity.
Many boats washed up on the shore. Owners of boats and marinas where the yachts were moored spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on the transportation of boats.
This event is a big loss in the US yacht market. Florida is the leading market in the United States for almost every aspect of boating and sailing. It sells a huge number of new motor and sailing boats, engines, trailers and accessories. Florida ports are home to a myriad of boats, marinas, dealers and boat clubs.
Moreover, Hurricane Jan canceled the Tampa International Boat Show and Conference (IBEX), the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, and the Miami Boat Show in February.
Salvation Eleonora E
On June 10, 2022, in the port of Tarragona, a 60-meter offshore supply vessel rammed the neoclassical sailing yacht Eleonora E. As a result of the collision, the yacht was half submerged. Fortunately, almost immediately began a difficult operation to save the boat.
The last stage of the operation was completed on Monday (September 26) after the ship was raised to the surface and towed. In total, the entire operation to rescue the stricken ship took three weeks. More than 30 people took part in it.
After making initial subsea repairs, the Eleanora E was lifted offshore by two 250-tonne cranes using floating balloons. After raising the boat to the surface, additional repairs were also completed and the process of pumping water from the flooded compartments began.
Eleanora E was built in 2000 by the Dutch shipyard Van der Graaf as a replica of the classic 1910 Westward schooner. She has a steel hull and a teak superstructure with two masts. Nine crew members, including the captain, were on board at the time of the accident. Fortunately, there were no casualties but no one was hurt.
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