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Washington College is becoming a national leader in electric-propulsion as reflected by their continued success at this event and leadership throughout the community. Their brand-new craft is a trimaran hull with an impressive array of battery packs expertly installed into containers built into the hull. This new work has been challenging, with many late nights and early mornings, but paid off beautifully. The craft cut through the open water and wakes well, and the propulsion system was well designed to power this sizeable craft. Washington College ran two boats, and last year’s winner was still a success on the water. It was able to finish just outside the top 3 and shows that these craft and this team are able to build a sustainable electric-propulsion program that will continue to grow for years to come.Director Brian Palmer of the college’s makerspace, IDEAWORKS Innovation Center, has been creating a number of relationships in the community that are strengthening the industry. In April, Washington College hosted many PEP and private teams for an electric-propulsion competition in concert with the school’s 350 year celebration. In September 2023, they will also be key members of the Wye Island Challenge, which also welcomes PEP teams and private individuals to their area for a competition. Students from this program are finding excellent jobs in this industry with companies, like the 2018 PEP winner, Pure Watercraft.
Congratulations on building a sustainable electric-propulsion community leading the way forward!