About

The North Devon Marine Sail Electric campaign was formed to accelerate the decarbonisation of the legacy fleet.

We provide leisure and commercial owners and operators a bespoke vessel modernisation service.

And we lead on research and development, and for over a decade, working with world-class partners. With thousands of miles sailed, without needing diesel, we have the knowledge and experience, so you can make informed choices.

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The Crew

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Wayne Peters

Wayne founded the campaign in 2019 after a profound experience with the remarkable Emily Penn, where he helped prepare her research yacht for eXXpedition, the world circumnavigation to study ocean plastic.

With 15 years of clean energy development, and with deployments around the globe, as an engineer Wayne is focusing his experience towards the decarbonisation of maritime, and as a yachtsman he strives to better understand our planet and its ever changing environment.

Wayne also acts as an Ocean Advocate for the Ocean Conservation Trust, an Ambassador for the RYA's environmental program The Green Blue and is the agent for Northern Europe for Oceanvolt the award winning electric propulsion providers.

"The crew all have a deep connection to our natural world, we spread positivity and work with the ocean in mind"

Tom Borsay

Tom leads design, architecture and regulation conformity for Sail Electric. As a Naval Architect, with over 15 years in the modern and traditional boatbuilding sector, Tom brings high value design and development to the team.

With tens of thousands of miles sailed, one of the founding members of Ponzi class racing, to racing 150ft Schooners and delivering custom superyachts across oceans, Tom is committed to reaching Net Zero targets and advancing vessel design.

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Joachim Vanderstuyft

Joachim started to focus his expertise as a lead electromechanical engineer on off grid Victron Energy systems. He loves how the current developments are giving access to sustainable energy to an increasing amount of people and projects around the globe.

Using his hands-on experience, he started creating custom Victron Energy diagrams to assist with off grid projects worldwide. Together with the well-fitted integration of Oceanvolt and Victron Energy, he works with Sail Electric to further accelerate marine decarbonisation.

Mark Bath

Mark brings a vast knowledge of systems integration and problem solving to the team, having worked with various multinational telecommunications organisations in solution design and architecture.

Mark worked with us to optimise his Bavaria 44 sailboat. Improving the data acquisition and networking capability of vessel systems, Mark sails out from the Solent in Portsmouth, helping to network, develop and improve the data we gather on our journey.

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Tom Clough

Tom is a highly experienced Shipwright, Joiner, and GRP specialist. Based in Falmouth, Tom lives entirely off grid using solar on his smallholding in West Cornwall.

With a marine career spanning decades in the far Southwest, including operating as commercially endorsed Skipper, ex commercial diver and a highly experienced, and valued Project Manager for both leisure and commercial vessel refits.

George Symes-Davidson

George is a lead design engineer with years spent in the luxury motor yacht sector, this forged his passion to work towards a future in which marine industries can exist in harmony with our ecosystems.

Based in Falmouth, sailing his electric sailboat, SV Muhuhu, George is passionate about providing solutions to make boating more sustainable in both manufacture, operation and end of life, providing systems to customers around the world.

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Nazca is our research vessel, a fully electric Contessa 34 offshore one design

Using only the renewable resources available to her with an auxiliary electric motor, she sails diesel-free demonstrating change; testing emerging green technologies whilst undertaking marine science expeditions through the Southwest.

With home ports in Falmouth and North Devon, she is demonstrating a new era of marine power. Equipped for offshore, Nazca is self-sufficient and on a green mission for the ocean.

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Doris owners specifically came to Sail Electric to accomplish a detailed modernisation and prepare the yacht for a planned round the world expedition. She has since undergone a full transformation package with Sail Electric, to ensure the least possible environmental effect during her travels, whilst supporting the crew on board to work with the natural resources available.

Sail Electric support the Turner Twins emission free quest

SY Nuna is 12m preloved Class 40 sailing yacht, sourced from a US based sailing charity, has been refitted with an impressive range of sustainable technology by Sail Electric to ensure the absolute minimal environmental impact from their voyage and at zero emission. Equipped with a 10KW Oceanvolt sail drive with capacity to regenerate under sail, supporting a 230Vac onboard microgrid for boiling water, cooking on induction and combined with a number of deck-mounted, flexible solar modules to mention just a few.

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Muhuhu is a 1980’s Oyster Mariner 35, a demonstrator for a new era of cruising yachts

She was converted from diesel to electric propulsion over the winter of 2020. She’s a heavy blue water design with a large internal volume. Not fast, but keeps her crew safe and dry!

She’s an ideal platform for data collection, wildlife observation and exploration. Her home port is Plymouth, Devon and can be seen flying the flag for sustainable sailing all around the West Country.

Olaso Uno, a Bavaria 44 with advanced integration.

Olaso has highly advanced integration of LiFePO4 technology with custom network CAN protocols over NMEA 2000. She has a custom integrated second high powered 5kW alternator and bifacial solar on board.

Based on the Solent she boasts one of the most advanced power and monitoring systems afloat, and her owner Mark designs bespoke integrations for Sail Electric.

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