A year-long project to repower Riverboat Angela Louise to DC electric has been completed, said Captain Joseph Warren
. Now, the 100-passenger, USCG-certified turn-of-the-century riverboat nearly completely abandons conventional diesel propulsion and on-board power, for clean, efficient electricity.
Captain Warren explains it as revolutionary: "Diesel exhaust contains 41 constituents listed under California Prop 65 guidelines as Toxic Air Contaminants. The particles and chemicals emitted from diesel are overwhelmingly dangerous. In our fragile marine environment in Newport, where the sea water turns over infrequently, these contaminants remain and find there way in the ecosystem, damaging wildlife and people, alike. We wanted to do something about it, and give our clients a silent, clean, elegant way to marry or gather for a party. Our neighbors in the harbor will appreciate it, too, I'm sure.
"Until now, only 16 passenger launches have been certified by the USCG for passenger conveyance. At 100, with a full bar, restrooms, dance floor, dining, and comfort, we've set a new standard."
Angela Louise measures
70 ft. in length, 20 ft. on the beam with two decks. The electric system moves the vessel through the water at a very comfortable rate of speed for 9-11 hours on a single charge.
Partial sponsors include Trojan Battery (for the batteries that propel the vessel); Trace Engineering for a sophisticated charger/inverter system; and Cruising Equipment for the battery conditioning system.