Sisters prove that electric boats can go the distance

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On Oct. 27, two women in their Island Packet L24e, a 24-foot all-electric with 600 watts of solar-assistance, traveled 360 miles from Miami to Jacksonville, Fla., to raise donations for breast cancer.

Each night they staying at Florida’s DEP’s Green Lodging and Clean Marina locations along the way.

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

Other no maintenance features include the 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 600 watt photovoltaic systems incorporated onto the L24’s hardtop canopy, which itself is a remote controlled canopy that lowers to become a cockpit cover, protecting and securing the Island

Nancy Frainetti, owner of The Electric Marina and her first mate and sister, Paula Frainetti, owner of Metafit Solutions made their maiden nine-day voyage on the ICW, for a good cause. The Donna Foundation, a nonprofit organization that financially assists breast cancer patients to elevate their financial stress, so they can concentrate on being a survivor.

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