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eCanoe Trips and Tips

An eCanoe enthusiast can carry a canoe on top of the car, with the batteries and motor stored  in the trunk.  Or fully outfitted canoes can be carried on a flatbed trailer and slipped in to the water much like other boats are launched.  For launching from shore or a dock, first load the batteries into the bottom of the canoe, then mount the motors before loading in all your personal gear, seats, and flotation.

Once out on the water, the eCanoe motor provides quiet but effective speeds (twice the speed one can paddle for long), even when heavily loaded with three adults, gear, and four 60AH batteries in a 20-foot canoe.  The low draft (10 inches, max) and excellent maneuverability allow cruising in areas where bigger boats just canít go, like right along the shore, around snags and rocks, and into shallows where the wildlife can be found. And if a motor does hit an obstruction at full speed, no problem.  The motors bounce right over the snags and keep on going.

Or the eCanoe motor can carry you on long, open-water routes such as across large bays, lakes, and sounds.  Those deserted ocean beaches and out-of-the-way places are a quiet and almost meditative ride away with clean, efficient, and safe 12 to 36 Volt electric power.   Just watch the voltmeter and switch to a fresh battery when the voltage gets low.  A fully charged 60 A-H battery can cruise a heavy load about 5 miles on still water, or much farther if you work with the currents and tides.

For more excitement, there is upstream action.  Slower rivers (1-2MPH) are no problem for the 5 MPH eCanoe.  Their currents add another dimension to the experience.  For upriver conditions in class I and II whitewater, it is best to sit in the rear of the canoe with the batteries shifted aft.  The motors are mounted as far forward as practical to literally pull the canoe up the rapids.  This loading makes the bow ride high so that it is less effected by cross currents.   As class I  is approached (river speed 3 MPH), the currents demand more operator skill, and at Class II (3+ MPH with turns), the eCanoe Motor put you in charge of a much more exciting situation than any video game can match!  Indeed, the upstream capability of the eCanoe opens up a whole new approach to river trips.  Instead of the hassle of two drivers placing two cars, one upstream and one downstream for the trip, it is far easier to take one car and an eCanoe.  Put in downstream, cruise upstream until the batteries run low, then float back to the car.  Or, if you know the river well, float downstream, then motor back up.  Just be sure to carry enough power to get back, and avoid going down any rapids that are too rough to ascend. 

Trolling is another natural for the eCanoe.  With 16 forward speeds, one is just right for about any lure and the one-hand operation of the controller leaves the other hand to feel for a strike, or reach for refreshments.  Battery charge seems to last forever at trolling speeds where current drain is only 3 to 5 Amps. 

After a day on the water, it is a quick job the store the motor, gear, and batteries, put the canoe back on the car, and head home to recharge for the next journey. 

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