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Are you ready for electric high-powered outboards?

Posted on April 18th, 2020

Evoy launches the world’s most powerful electric outboard motor

The Evoy Pro will launch as the most powerful production electric outboard you can buy

It might be a 90-pound weakling next to the biggest and baddest of the combustion world, but Evoy’s new zero-emissions electric outboard motor and powertrain solution will put it at the pointy end of the all-electric market.

This Norwegian company popped up in 2018, creating electric drive system for new boat builds as well as retrofits for existing machines. Its 800-horsepower inboard powertrain is already the most powerful you can buy (in the small boat sector, anyway), and now the company has released its first outboard, plus a roadmap for the next few years.

The outboard in question, the Evoy Pro is specced at 90 kW nominal, 150 kW peak (120/200 hp), but Evoy says it’ll be the rough equivalent of a 150-horsepower combustion motor thanks to its meaty magnetic torque – 170 Nm nominal, 350 Nm peak (125/258 lb-ft). It’s currently in the prototype stage, and testing over this summer and fall will put the final performance figures on it. It should weigh around the 150 kg (330 lb) mark.

Likewise, the range can’t currently be promised. It’ll be highly dependent on the boat design and will be sussed out during testing, but Evoy will be selling modular battery bricks, probably in 25 kWh blocks, that can be installed in series or parallel to give you 50 or 100 kWh of storage. Charging will likely max out at 11 kW AC and 50 kW DC.

The Evoy Pro powertrain will be sold as a full kit-out with its own batteries, controls and electronic dash

The system will ship with its own controllers, battery management, and electronic dash, with 10- or 16-inch screens. Weather, radio, marine navigation, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G, system monitoring, trip logging and charge management as standard. You’ll be able to option up with radar, echo-sounding and automatic identification systems (AIS), and Evoy is looking into an autopilot feature to take you from port to port if necessary.

This may be the most powerful electric outboard on the market right now, but Evoy’s roadmap out to 2023 features two motors that will roughly double and triple this thing’s output. The biggest, set to launch in about three years, will offer 450 horsepower continuous, peaking considerably higher when you need it to.

The biggest production outboard in the combustion world, as we understand, is currently the 627SV from Seven Marine, a giant, supercharged V8 peaking at 627 horsepower and weighing in at a monster 497 kg (1094 lb). So Evoy’s got a way to go before it knocks the outright horsepower champ off its perch.

As for price? Again, TBC. The Evoy Pro will be more expensive than a combustion power train, for sure. But Evoy is willing to project that commercial operators will break even at about 350 hours of run-time a year – at least in Norway – using current fuel, electricity and maintenance costs.

By Loz Blain – New Atlas

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ASA answers ICAST visitors’ questions and reiterates the show goes on.

Posted on April 16th, 2020

The organiser of ICAST has said that it will be business as usual in July and invited visitors to register for the show.

The organiser of the world’s largest fishing trade show has reiterated that the event will go ahead as planned.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) says that ICAST will be open for business at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, from July 14th to 17th and has moved to quell any fears that exhibitors and visitors may have by answering the most frequently asked questions it has received.

Here is the Q&A it released last week.

Will there be a trade show in July?

As of today, we are still planning on hosting ICAST from July 14-17, in Orlando, Fla.

We understand that everyone is struggling to balance the health of their employees and families with the demands of running a business during a pandemic that is devasting our  economy.

As conditions evolve, we are monitoring the situation every day and working closely with the Orange County Convention Center, Freeman and all our show vendors.

Decisions made the beginning of April may not be the same decisions that would be made in early May. We ask for your patience as we strive to make the best business decisions we can on behalf of our exhibitors, members, staff and all our show attendees.

When – or if – the situation changes, we will let everyone know immediately.

We want to be clear – your health and safety and those of everyone in our recreational fishing family are first and foremost in our decision-making process.

Is show registration open to attendees and exhibitors?

Yes! Registration is open to all attendees and exhibitors. Please register now for ICAST.

What’s the best way to book my hotel reservations?

You can register for ICAST and book your hotel room at the same time. It’s easy and there are a number of official ICAST hotels from which to choose.

What if I need to cancel my hotel reservations?

The official ICAST hotels will accept cancellations and provide refunds (up to a certain date) where applicable. Please contact your specific hotel for their cancellation policy. It’s to your advantage to book your room through Experient, our registration and housing partner.

If I cancel my attendance at the show, will my registration fee be refunded?

In the event that ICAST is officially cancelled, all attendees’ registration fees will be refunded. Otherwise, our policy states that if you cancel your registration, your fees are not refundable.

What is the policy regarding cancelling my exhibit space?

Please refer to your exhibitor contract for details and email us at ICAST@asafishing.org

When restrictions are lifted, what will ASA and the ICAST team do to keep people safe?

First and foremost, our concern is for the health and wellbeing of you, our members and your families, as well as our staff and their families.

The Orange County Convention Center has numerous health and safety precautions in place that are continually updated based on mandates from the state of Florida.

We will continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines as well as the mandates set by Florida and Orange County.

Will ASA be restricting international attendees?

There are no current registration restrictions on members of the sportfishing trade who want to attend the show. Each attendee is responsible for adhering to their country’s travel restrictions, if any.

How is ASA going to ensure that retailers and media will attend?

We will continue to market to our nation’s retailers and media through our multiple communications channels, highlighting the show’s many features to entice their attendance.

In addition, one of ICAST’s most valuable attributes is that Orlando is less than a six-hour drive for more than 500 retailers.

(Angling International – by Anthony)

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Coronavirus; Angler’s face jail time if fishing in Indonesia.

Posted on April 15th, 2020

Anglers in Indonesia face up to four months in jail if they are caught fishing during the COVID-19 crisis. With the government announcing a state of emergency earlier this week, the country is currently self isolating and all fishing participation is banned for the foreseeable future. Johny Pamungkas, Angling International‘s correspondent in the Asian country, reports that bricks-and-mortar tackle shops are open only for online business. He added: “Stock levels are currently high, but the price of tackle is getting higher because of the increase in the price of the dollar compared to the Rupia.”

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Lake Huron & Michigan Fish Diet Study.

Posted on April 12th, 2020

Scientists working on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron need diet information from trout, salmon, and walleye. The lakes have changed dramatically in recent years, in large part because of invasive species like the quagga mussel and round goby. Anglers, scientists, and fishery managers are trying to figure out what mix of salmon and trout species would be best for our changing lakes and the people who fish here. To do this they will be obtaining stomach samples from participating anglers.

You can find out more by going to, https://www.michiganseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Huron-Michigan-Diet-Study-Instructions-2019-v2.pdf .

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Michigan, USA DNR Charters/Guiding not permitted.

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has determined that charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels are not currently permitted.

These operations do not meet any of the variances or exemptions outlined in the governor’s order as activities necessary “to sustain or protect life,” and they may also congregate anglers in violation of the order and state health recommendations.

These activities should cease immediately and not resume until at least April 13.

In addition to the DNR’ Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police and local law enforcement agencies have full authority to enforce the provisions of this order.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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