Sailing Uma

Sailing Uma

"Since installing the ServoProp 6 months ago, we've sailed over 3000nm offshore. From Norway, to Svalbard and down to France. Now with good regen, we have the ability to keep our batteries charged offshore, which has made these longer passages much more enjoyable. We no longer need to worry about cloudy days, or stopping in a marina just to charge up." – Dan & Kika from Sailing Uma

Dan and Kika met at University. Soon after graduating they founded a successful architectural design-consulting firm, however it wasn’t long before they knew that the rat race was not for them.  “One thing was certain, we both dreamt a bigger world existed than the one we grew up in and longed to see it for ourselves”. After the realisation that material things had little importance in their lives and with a burning desire to see the world, they bravely decided to sell everything they owned in search of something better and begin their sailing adventure. They invested all they had in the boat named “Uma”, a 1972 Pearson 36, her name inspired by the Portuguese number 1 (uma) meaning first or primary, which is now the place they call home as they travel the world.


"Since we first dreamt of sailing the world, we dreaded the smell, noise, vibration, and maintenance, synonymous with having a diesel motor on-board. So, we decided to build our own electric motor from used parts we found online. After 5 years and 20,000 miles of sailing with our DIY system, we were finally able to upgrade to an Oceanvolt. We now enjoy more efficiency, more range, and more control—making the few times we actually use the motor more enjoyable." – Dan & Kika from Sailing Uma

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Technology used in the electric Pearson 36 sailboat:

  • Installation year: 2020 (SD15) / 2021 (ServoProp 15 Update)
  • Length overall: 36.52 ft / 11.13 m
  • Boat beam: 3.38m
  • Draft: 1.83 m
  • Displacement: 6123 kg
  • Electric motor system: Oceanvolt ServoProp 15 electric sail drive motor
  • Electric motor system nominal power: 15 kW
  • Electric motor system voltage: 48 V



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