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This is the story of a wooden sloop rescue mission. The boat was built in 1935 by the Mathis Boat Yards in Camden NJ. It was designed by John Trumpy, the grandfather of Peg Appelget, President of the RipTide Preservation Association.

Rip Tide is now on the water in the Tom’s River NJ vicinity. On July 17th RipTide was the star of the show at the annual Toms River Seaport Society Boat Show.

I’ll let Bill Appelget tell the rest:

July 8, 2010 email excerpts from Bill:

RipTide-Before shot of engine compartment…Here are some pictures.

Two of what the engine compartment looks like now and one of what we started with, hopefully you will figure out which is which. Note the shot of the batteries show the charger off to the left. You can only see two of the four displays. We used eight 6 volt, 220 amp hour batteries to give a 48 volt bank. The charger is for four 12 volt batteries so we put the charge over groups of two batteries. So far, everything seems to be working as planned.

RipTide with batteriesThe batteries are installed on ¾ inch marine plywood with an epoxy coating to reduce deterioration.
Total battery weight is about 500 lbs. Full installation with batteries, charger, and motor is about 600 lbs.

I wanted to get one picture of the motor looking down but those did not come out so I included one of the final installation looking down but before we did some painting and added a cover over the dirty bilge. The paint and cover made a big difference in appearance. Of course it did nothing for performance.

Email July 13, 2010:
“… By the way, the motor worked great. We ran it for about 2 hours up the bay and all indications were we could have gone about 5 more hours.”

Thanks, Bill