When your life literally depends on your equipment, you have to choose the most reliable option. No one knows that better than David Scott Cowper – the renowned British yachtsman who was the first man to sail solo around the world in both directions and was also the first to successfully sail around the world via the Northwest Passage single-handed.
He is currently in the process of overhauling his boat – the Polar Bound - and it was while at the Southampton Boat Show in September 2018 that he first met the team from Transporter Energy. He has spent some considerable time sourcing the best power sources for his expeditions and we are delighted to say that after his extensive research he has chosen Transporter Energy lithium-ion batteries.
The Polar Bound is a self-righting, ice-class, 48ft aluminium boat built by New Century Marine of Rosneath in Scotland. It is this vessel in which David has completed three of his six circumnavigations, including via the Hecla and Fury Straits; the first time this passage has been navigated since its discovery in 1822.
David said of his choice to use Transporter Energy lithium-ion batteries, that it was essential to find the right power sources as he can be in the arctic for months at a time, and an equipment failure could have catastrophic consequences and quite simply ‘my life depends on my equipment choice.’ Reliability and efficiency are paramount, and Transport energy batteries met his exacting standards in both of these areas.
Furthermore, the batteries are lightweight – up to 60% lighter than traditional lead-acid batteries; that is a significant factor onboard any vessel, let alone one travelling in such demanding environments.
The rugged, fully sealed units are durable and have a life expectancy of around 15 years, or 5000 discharge cycles.
The team at Transporter Energy are thrilled that David has selected our lithium-ion batteries above anything else available on the market and can’t wait to hear more details about his forthcoming expeditions.