The Electric Boat Association promotes and
encourages competitions and challenges
Electric Water Speed Record Challenge
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An Stradag on Coniston Water November 2005
Fiona, Countess of Arran set the first officially
acknowledged record of 50.825 mph in An Stradag in 1989.
An Stradag had been on display in the
Lakeland Motorboat Museum until it was bought by Henry Engelen early in
2005. The boat was reworked and updated at
Dean's boatyard near Henley by a team of EBA business members.
Thames Electric Launch Company
installed the controllers and electrical systems,
Cedric Lynch supplied
four new 25kW motors manufactured in India by
Agni Motors, each controlled by
a 1231C Mosfet controller from Curtis Instruments. The Exide AS45R 12 volt batteries were
provided by Chloride Motive
Power An Stradag, piloted by Helen Loney, increased the
speed for battery powered electric boats on Coniston Water in November
2005. She clocked 70.610 mph during the south run and 65.561 mph on the
return trip to record an average of 68.09 mph.
An Stradag with the team
left to right: Kevin Desmond, Henry Engelen,(owner) Cedric Lynch, (inventor of the Lynch motor)
Chris Loney, Arvind Rabadia, Ian Rutter, Emrhys Barrell, Helen Loney (driver)
Photo: Ian Rutter
visit the An Stradag website:
EBA member Malcolm Moss made a successful
Solar Powered Crossing of the English Channel in S.B. Collinda
and was awarded a special trophy by the EBA to mark his
The voyage between Dover and Calais was undertaken under solar power alone
when weather conditions were broken cloud followed by hazy sunshine.
An average speed of 6.3 kph (3.9 mph) was established for the 24.47 mile
crossing in 6hrs 15 minutes
For further details contact Malcolm Moss:
August 2000 Cedric Lynch set a time
for a solar powered boat for the Guinness Book of Records. The official record was
established on the River Arun at Littlehampton over a 50m stretch of river.
The average speed for traveling the measured course in both directions was
5.48 kph and optimum time was achieved with Cedric at the helm and Cllr.
John Richardson as a passenger.
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Cedric used a Canadian style canoe to
which two photovoltaic panels were mounted
There were no batteries or any other
source of power in the boat. The craft was designed and constructed by
Cedric Lynch, solar panels were connected via an
electronic speed control unit to a prototype Lynch electric motor coupled
via a reduction gearbox mounted at the stern to a modified two bladed model
June 2003 EBA members Paul and Ulrike Lynn made
the first-ever solar-powered voyage along the entire non-tidal River Thames from
Lechlade to London (124 miles, 43 locks) in their 21ft home-built catamaran
“Solar Flair”. Total cruise time was 37 hours spread over 11 days of travel.
Solar Flair - Solar powered catamaran
- A 24 hour
Endurance Record was set by EBA members Pat and Paul Wagstaffe M.B.E. in their
29ft launch ‘Wagtail V’. Organised by EBA business member Thames Electric
Launch Company, the record was established covering 116 miles in 24 hours
on a single charge over a measured stretch of the River Thames near Goring.
July 2001 -
Richard and Anne Leeson, EBA members, offered their classic 1899 Andrews river launch ‘Pike’
for an Endurance Record attempt. Conducted in co-operation with the
Guinness Book of Records, the record attempt was carried out over the
same stretch of the Thames used in 1997 but this time the run lasted for 30
hours and covered 137 miles on a single charge..
For further details of both these challenges, contact Thames Electric Launch Company