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8 March 2007

Solar "Loon" goes Cruising

LoonThe Loon (2005), the world's first commercially available solar-powered recreational boat, developed Monte Gisborne, is finally going mainstream. With two new partners, the Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Co. is building a redesigned Loon and a larger houseboat in a new manufacturing facility near Kirkfield Ontario. The first 6.7 metre (22 ft.) Loon should be ready by summer. The company is also looking at tourism and ferry boat markets in several countries.

In 2005, the Gisbornes took a solar-powered family boating vacation on the Trent Severn Waterway "without burning a single drop of oil." Travelling 40 kilometres each day, they used 50 cents worth of electricity, easily supplied by the sun. (A similar trip by cruiser could cost hundreds of dollars.) In 2006, the Loon made a similar cruise on the Rideau Waterway. The Loon's six solar panels produce 720 watts of power, 800 watts with a supercharger and carries eight, six-volt batteries. The batteries are charged from the sun or by "plug-ins".
Gisborne's first electric car, the ElectriFly, has competed at the American Tour de Sol five times, winning once. ( | Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Co.)

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At May 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like to know more about the "Loon" houseboat, size and cost asap.

We have bought a marina and would like to purchase 12 house boats or
pontoons (30 to 50 ft) asap.
Good low priced (under $20,000) resales are fine with or without motors to house retreatants.
We have boats that we (do NOT need) would like to get rid of or sell at 'take away prices' as well.
Perhaps you can bring us your houseboat and fly back or take one of our boat away.
We are south of Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada.
Please call 905 834 2046 / 647 834 2046 or email me back your response.
Thanks and God Bless! Victor


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