An exciting hybrid conversion project utilising an HM3350 from Transfluid on the historic vessel, the Western Flyer, made famous by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts.
Built in 1937 in Tacoma by the Western Boat Building Company, the vessel was constructed for sardine and Alaskan salmon fishing and continued to work as a commercial fishing vessel until 1993. Since 2014, it has been working as a fisheries research vessel.
In June 2022, its owners began the hybridisation project, using the HM3350 hybrid module to provide the vessel with electric propulsion and hydraulic power.
Read the full article in the National Fisherman here and discover how this is an ideal solution for workboats with an irregular duty cycle.
Main Engine: John Deere 6135 AFM85
Engine Power HP: 425
Hybrid module: Transfluid HM3350 (2 x 50kW motors)
Battery capacity: 700kWh
Gearbox: Twin Disc 6:1
Normal operating speed: 3k/h (6-8hrs)
Max. speed: 8 k/h (2-3hrs)