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Old 09-18-2013, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Duffy Electric boats....?

Got myself a Duffy last week, a used 2006 and heavily modified by previous owner: Spent quite a few hours "Un-Red Necking" my Duffy, it was used for a Bass fishing boat on the lakes before. (Probably a good idea, quiet running won't scare no fishes.)

So, got questions and could not find any Duffy Forum or Bulleting Board on the 'Net.
Does anybody around here have a Duffy?
Source for used parts, if any? (Tried ebay, not much)
Supposedly 10,000 of these things have been sold since the 1970s.
No support or shop in Fort Lauderdale (or Miami).

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Probably 90% of them are in southern California and most of those are in Newport Beach where Duffy began and where their sales office is. They are built now in Adelanto CA, around the corner from the old CABO factory. You're probably only going to find support directly through Duffy.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Probably 90% of them are in southern California and most of those are in Newport Beach where Duffy began and where their sales office is. They are built now in Adelanto CA, around the corner from the old CABO factory. You're probably only going to find support directly through Duffy.
Yeah, afraid so. The Duffy factory wants $1,600 for the motor "controller". Now searching for same unit from Electric Forklift and Golf Cart places.
It should be less than half that.

There is a few derelict Duffs on the various canals in Fort Lauderdale, with no support or local techs, they seem to Rot away as soon something goes wrong.

At any rate, for my use it should be the perfect boat: I never go fast and I never go far, just a few hours on the New River every day and the solar panels should make it a free ride, if there is such a thing...
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The Antigua Yacht Club has had a Duffy electric boat as a tender for almost 15 years. It's gone through a few sets of batteries over the years, but was still going last time I looked.
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Yeah, afraid so. The Duffy factory wants $1,600 for the motor "controller". Now searching for same unit from Electric Forklift and Golf Cart places.
It should be less than half that.

There is a few derelict Duffs on the various canals in Fort Lauderdale, with no support or local techs, they seem to Rot away as soon something goes wrong.

At any rate, for my use it should be the perfect boat: I never go fast and I never go far, just a few hours on the New River every day and the solar panels should make it a free ride, if there is such a thing...
They look very enticing to me, the more I look at them. I'm sure you've already checked but I'll toss it out anyway. The Stuart dealer also has rentals. I don't know if he's an independent of factory owned dealer. But someone there could know if there are any other resources. He's got to be doing something to just maintain his own boats.
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But someone there could know if there are any other resources. He's got to be doing something to just maintain his own boats.
Yeah, he is on my radar, but having lived in the Yachting Capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale, for 15 years I have a feeling of entitlement, everybody in boats should be right here...
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I think the Duffy is likely the perfect cocktail cruiser for the New River. BUT - Does it have enough power to run against the running tide? I like the idea of no petroleum fuel related issues for a boat that only gets used seasonally, like I would use it.
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Does it have enough power to run against the running tide? I
Not there yet, still looking for a black box to get my Duffy to run.

If the strongest current in the River is 3 knots, and if the Duffy will go at 6 knots, I should be ok, albeit slow..
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Yeah, afraid so. The Duffy factory wants $1,600 for the motor "controller". Now searching for same unit from Electric Forklift and Golf Cart places.
It should be less than half that.

There is a few derelict Duffs on the various canals in Fort Lauderdale, with no support or local techs, they seem to Rot away as soon something goes wrong.

At any rate, for my use it should be the perfect boat: I never go fast and I never go far, just a few hours on the New River every day and the solar panels should make it a free ride, if there is such a thing...
Just mount an outboard on the back. You should be able to get one for less than $1600. hehehe
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I think the Duffy is likely the perfect cocktail cruiser for the New River. BUT - Does it have enough power to run against the running tide? I like the idea of no petroleum fuel related issues for a boat that only gets used seasonally, like I would use it.
What about replacing a very expensive bank of bad batteries?
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8 Golf Cart batteries, I get them at whole sale prices, around $90 each.
Expensive yes, but they will last 5-6 years if one does no go below 50% discharge.
Had the same batteries for "house bank" on my sailboat and they lasted over 6 years.
So, $11 per month for batteries, still beats gas..
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8 Golf Cart batteries, I get them at whole sale prices, around $90 each.
Expensive yes, but they will last 5-6 years if one does no go below 50% discharge.
Had the same batteries for "house bank" on my sailboat and they lasted over 6 years.
So, $11 per month for batteries, still beats gas..
Very true. Where you live is a great location for that boat. You can do the entire loop (across and down the dania cutoff), etc etc......
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Very true. Where you live is a great location for that boat
Bingo...

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She is coming along...I suppose
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Is still she a dock queen, or have you found a means of propulsion?

Since you already have good batteries, how about one of these?

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