How Our Hybrid Electric Motor [...]
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Owner: Gone with the Wynns

How Our Hybrid Electric Motor Works (+ solar & hydro)


Location: Xiamen
Latitude: 24.48000000
Longitude: 118.09000000
Published: 1 Oct 2023

A Hybrid Electric Catamaran is all about drastically increasing our range, efficiency, redundancy and a whole lot more. We take an in depth look at how our HH44 hybrid works.

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Having a self-sufficient boat isn’t negotiable for us.  Because we spend weeks and sometimes months away from civilization.  So, managing our resources is a must and we’re always looking for better ways to do so.  And that is exactly where Hybrid Electric comes in.

It’s all about drastically increasing our range, efficiency, redundancy and a whole lot more.  Any manufacturer who isn’t installing a similar system will.  Because Parallel Hybrid motors have all the benefits of both electric and diesel propulsion but with even more functionality…like hydrogeneration. This system is one of the big reasons we were drawn to HH Catamarans.

It’s a simple system but it has many modes and that is why we have dedicated an entire video to our hybrid electric set up.  So, if you’ve been curious about what it is, how it works or who it’s for…this one is for you.

WE’RE JASON AND NIKKI WYNN. A couple of modern-day documentarians, perpetual travelers, and seekers of tall tales.

We’ve been chasing our curiosity around the world on wheels and keels since 2011. Why? Because curiosity is the key to unlocking life. It pushes us outside our comfort zone, softens our assumptions, and helps us embrace the great unknown. The more we let our curiosity lead the way, the more we discover about ourselves and the world around us.

Our home is also our transportation and we spend weeks away from civilization and sometimes land. Self-reliance and living a sustainable lifestyle are a must. It's all about managing our resources and we’re always looking for new and better ways to do so.

We've lived off the grid for over 10 years now in everything from a Van to RV to a Sailboat. And over time we have learned a lot about renewable energy, creating safe drinking water, and managing our waste.

Our journey is ever-evolving but the mission remains the same: #CultivateCuriosity

Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:

00:00 Why Buy a Hybrid Sailboat?
01:19 Motors are only a Backup
02:31 Why Choose a Shaft Drive Boat?
03:48 Full Electric Motoring
04:13 Parallel vs Serial Hybrid
05:19 Is a Hybrid Motor Reliable?
05:53 Is 48 volt DC Dangerous?
06:38 Is Hybrid Electric Worth the Cost?
07:09 What if there is a COMPLETE ELECTRIC FAILURE?
08:08 Hybrid Mode 1 – Diesel Propulsion
09:21 Hybrid Mode 2 – Silent Electric Propulsion
10:54 Hybrid Mode 4 – Electric Diesel Propulsion
12:15 Hybrid Mode 3 – Hydro Regeneration
12:50 Hybrid Mode 5 – 10kW Generator
13:16 Why No Hybrid Boost Mode?
14:09 Seamless Transition from Electric to Diesel
14:38 Hybrid Systems Installed on the HH44
15:55 Real-World Regen Numbers
16:50 First Look at the HH44 Helm


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