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Duo plan voyage to raise breast-cancer donations

Two women will begin a voyage next week from Miami to Jacksonville, Fla., in their solar-powered Island Packet L24e to raise donations for breast cancer.

On Oct. 27, Nancy Frainetti, owner of The Electric Marina, and her first mate and sister, Paula Frainetti, owner of Metafit Solutions, are embarking on the 360-mile, nine-day journey. It starts Oct. 27 and ends Nov. 4.

The Island Packet L24e is a 24-foot all-electric boat with 600 watts of solar-assist launch.

The Donna Foundation is a non-profit organization that financially assists breast cancer patients so they can concentrate on being a survivor.

The Island Packet L24e is a new lifestyle launch series by 36-year yacht manufacturer Island Packet Yachts and is nicely equipped with many features for its size. Its steerable electric pod drive, a 6.5kW (9-hp) 48 volt system, eliminates traditional propulsion components and their continual maintenance requirements.

Other no-maintenance features include Mastervolt’s AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries, chargers and converter allowing for up to 10 plus hours of 5-knot cruising. Supplementing the amperage of the batteries is a 600-watt photovoltaic system incorporated onto the L24’s hardtop canopy — a remote-controlled canopy that lowers to become a cockpit cover, protecting and securing the Island Packet L24’s interior.

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