Coville Dives Deep South for Record Route:
(November 15, 2016; Day 10, 23:10 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and the 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM continue to dive deep into the South Atlantic on their attempt to break the solo round the world record. Coville is at 36° South, heading SSE while still 2400 nm to the west of the Cape of Good Hope off Africa. However, Coville continues to set a blistering pace, covering 612.4 nm in the past 24 hours and increasing his lead on the record to 672.29 nm. Full story.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Coville Dives Deep South for Record Route, Editor
Final Week of America’s Cup World Series:
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the first stage of competition in the 2017 America’s Cup, began in England during the summer of 2015 and will come to a close this week at the ninth and final event in Fukuoka, Japan on November 18-20.
Featuring all six America’s Cup teams racing in foiling, one-design AC45F catamarans, the event will determine the final overall rankings for the America’s Cup World Series. But what is really at stake is finishing in the top two overall positions which will gain an advantage that may help to determine who wins the 35th America’s Cup.
For a full description of the scoring format… Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Final Week of America’s Cup World Series, Editor
Maybe you are looking for a set of deep cycle batteries to replace your old ones. Maybe you want to find a free deep cycle battery to try desulfating it so it is near new and then try to sell it. Some people are even getting a large deep cycle battery and removing all the good cells so they can sell them for renewable energy systems.
A home renewable energy system using wind or solar needs anywhere from 12 volts to 48 volts. Each cell from a deep cycle battery is about 2 volts, so it takes 6 cells for every 12 volt section. If you were to buy these cells new, then they cost between $ 300 – $ 600 each. A small 12 volt 650 amp hour battery setup would cost about $ 1,800 for the forklift battery cells. You could use golf cart batteries at about $ 80 each and 220 amp hours each. It would take 6 of them to do it and it would cost about $ 500.
Here is the kicker, though. A deep cycle battery cell from a fork lift battery lasts about 4 times as long as a golf cart battery. You could refurbish the cells out of the forklift battery and sell them for $ 100 each. They would easily last twice as long (or more) as the golf cart batteries and you could make a handsome profit for doing it.
My first pair of forklift batteries that I got for free happened to be Yuasa batteries, but all kinds are available. What I discovered is that usually most cells in the battery are still pretty good. Usually it is one or two bad cells. Most places just have their batteries picked up for recycling when the battery doesn’t make it though a 8 hour shift. These two batteries to the left had all good cells except 3 of them. There are 12 cells in each (these are 24 volt, 700 amphour), so that gives me 21 good cells.
So, if you’re selling these cells, you can make up to $ 2,100 profit. If you keep them for your own use (which is what I did), then you could make 3 banks of 12 volts at 600 amp hours each, or 12 volts at 1800 amp hours total. I say 600 amp hours instead of 700 because even after checking fluid levels and using my homemade desulfator, the amp hour capacity never gets up to brand new levels. But you can usually get 70% to 90% capacity, especially if you remove the bad cells. In the above example, you will use 18 of the cells total, leaving 3 good ones. You will probably have to just recycle those last 3 cells.
To get the batteries free, just call around to anyplace with a warehouse that uses forklifts. The first two in the picture above were picked up at the local post office main hub. You could just go through the yellow pages. Ask if they use electric forklifts, if so, do they plan on replacing their batteries in the near future. If you have a pickup truck, I would stick with the 12 or 24 volt ones. You can tell them that you can take them off their hands for free and that you will sign any environmental forms that they require.
There is another way to get forklift batteries but it costs a little money. Just look in the phone book and find the local forklift company. Almost all of them sell new batteries and deliver them as well. But they will also come and pickup old forklift batteries to recycle. They always have several sitting around. On Vancouver Island in Canada, the local company gets about 3 cents per pound from the local recycler. I can go to the forklift company and pick the best of the used ones and pay by the pound. A 24 volt like the one above weighs about 1,100 pounds or so. I can move those with a engine hoist and my V6 nissan pickup. Any bigger and you need other arrangements. They will also deliver the batteries to my home and plop them wherever I like. At 3 cents a pound, I could pay $ 66 for the two batteries in the above picture. Then they would charge about $ 70 per hour for the delivery. Let’s say, worse case, it cost 2 hours in labor, that is $ 206 for both batteries. If I sell individual cells in 12 volt groups, then I could sell 18 of them (3 cells were bad) and make $ 1,800. That gives me $ 1,600 profit. Not bad.
I hope this helps someone find a free or at least a cheap deep cycle battery. Desulfating and repairing them is detailed here for those who are interested.