On January 5, 2015, we were scheduled to perform another demonstration test with cameras rolling. Before we headed to the harbor with boat in tow, we ran up the system for some final checks. There were several current and potential investors planning to see the test first hand, and we wanted to minimize the chance of anything going wrong. What was to be a quick check to insure everything was just right, turned into an unfortunate situation–we broke a critical custom-made belt. If that wasn’t bad enough, our Texas and Arkansas investors, who flew in for the test, were waiting.
What did we learn? The hydraulic system on the new design was so powerful that a fast switch from forward to reverse snapped the steel-reinforced drive belts. These special belts are made for extreme loads, but our powerful hydraulic system was able to push them over the edge.
We also learned to have more patience and the importance of having backup belts around! We did try and solve the problem with some other belts but it was a no-go. Size matters!
We put in a special rush order for several new custom belts and we were ready to try again a week later, to satisfy the previous week’s interested investors.
Of course we would like to have had it all work on the scheduled day, but on the good side we learned what needs tweaking so this doesn’t happen again. It is our intention to torture test all our SeaDrive models to insure reliability for future customers. Design changes will be made so it will be impossible for the system to get anywhere near the breaking point. Our tests are ridged.
We did lose the two mid-west investors but, thankfully a Maine investor came on board immediately there-after. He flew down to witness our impressive tank test and a great sea trial which included our new makeover. He was duly impressed.
We are happy with how the SeaDrives performed on the last test. Nevertheless, our focus is to make further refinements over the next several months. These refinements will include every aspect of the original system, from the boat we are using, to making adjustments to the SeaDrive water contact points, and especially the drive belt issue.
After three years of learning what mother-nature demands, we are more confident than ever in our ultimate success in building a GREEN, state-of-the-art marine propulsion system. We will perfect our SeaDrive’s potential and share our journey with you along the way.