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Tom Swift, Tancook Whaler
Tom Swift is a 1976 Peter Van Dine built Tancook Whaler based upon the designs of the fisherman from Tancook Island, Nova Scotia. Tom Swift was built by Van Dine with a canvas covered wood deck and a fiberglass hull but now is the second such vessel to have a fiberglass deck. The boat was progressive for its time in that it has always had an electric auxiliary. The old lead acid car battery and half horse motor circa 1976 have been replaced with two 48 volt banks run in parallel and comprised of sixteen 6 volt batteries which were originally produced for Volkswagon's production electric cars. The downside is that those banks add 320 pounds to the vessel.
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