Sailboat Tour: The ELECTRIC Escape Pod (1974 West Sail)


Meet Johnny the Irishman who is helping these remote islands transition to renewable solar energy while also converting his 1974 sailboat to all electric!

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We’ve made a few friends here in the Vava’u Boatyard.  And, by a few, I really mean three.  Because that’s how many of us are living & working here on our sailboats.  There’s Cyril the Frenchman, Canadian Tom, Irish Johnny, and The Americans (that’s us).

Johnny is the character we want you to meet today.  He’s a friendly Irishman with an interesting story about working in The Kingdom of Tonga and converting a 1974 West Sail to electric propulsion.  It’s a tale about renewable energy projects on remote islands and a mission to build back better.

Plus, we thought we should give you a break from our boat projects and show you what else is going on around here.  Johnny gives us the full tour…even the library.

Most importantly, it’s a fantastic example of someone that proves you don’t need much to get out sailing NOW.  Even a Wet Snail with a Barn Door will get you out on the water and living the dream.


We’re Jason and Nikki Wynn. We been living #OffTheGrid and exploring the world for 10 years.
Our first six years of #travel were an epic road trip around North America.
Now we’re on a #sailing voyage about the world. Did we have any previous sailing experience, of course not!
Neither of us is overly talented, smart, rich, lucky, or retired. But that doesn’t stop us from reaching far-flung destinations, having wild #adventures and managing everything that makes living aboard a moving vessel possible.
We’re two ordinary people that just so happen to live an extraordinary life.
And this is why we publish our lives on the world wide web. We share in hopes of inspiring you to find your adventure.

Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:

00:00 We’ve Been Up To A LOT THIS WEEK!
01:36 Meet Johnny the Irishman
02:21 Escape Pod the Sailboat
03:29 How & Why Did You Buy This Boat?
05:25 SOLAR – A DREAM Job in Tonga?
07:32 Where Ya From & Any Family?
09:11 Why Install an Electric Engine on this Sailboat?
11:16 What Brand of Electric Boat Motor?
12:52 How Will You Power Your Electric Sailboat?
13:48 Wiring a 1970’s Boat for Electric Motor
15:02 Outside Boat Tour Begins
15:39 Sailboat Electric Motor Brand & Cost
16:54 West Sail Sailboat Design
17:22 Wind Vane, GIANT Rudder & Propeller Plans
18:03 Cutter Rigged Sailboat & Sails
19:20 The World’s Most Interesting Rudder!
19:56 The Cockpit, Navigation & Safety Equipment
20:50 The Sail Plan & Final Destination
22:41 West Sail Deck Tour
23:15 Alfresco Shower Setup & Ventilation
23:55 The Dinghy – Old & New
24:29 Mast Steps & Safety
24:58 Inside Boat Tour – Cabin, Head, Galley & Storage
29:04 Library Tour & Best Sailing Books
31:13 Making Pizza in Nikki’s NEW GALLEY!!!
32:19 Corn vs Beer – #FoodieLife in Tonga
33:04 The Cruiser’s Lounge is Open!


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