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CA$ 2,250
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 26 2019 2:39 AM UTC +00:00
CA$ 2,250
pledged of CA$ 40,000pledged of CA$ 40,000 goal
28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 26 2019 2:39 AM UTC +00:00

About

Ride Solar (Island Solar Transit System)is a private sector solution to an ongoing government commitment to help reduce provincial greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 as per PEI's Provincial Energy Strategy.  

Canada's first SOLAR – electric  public transit system employing both land and water vehicles in an integrated network for the purpose of commute, sight-seeing, and fun - Ride Solar provides a unique opportunity to see PEI from a different perspective in a way which has never been available to the public before.  Ride Solar is clean, green, quiet, and fun -  just like PEI!

Our first solar vehicle for sight-seeing & tours is a reclaimed 52 year old Canadian Heritage Vessel salvaged from the world-famous 1967 Montreal Expo (World's Fair).  "Expo Service No.5" was one of just a handful of vaporettos (Italian for water bus/taxi) used to ferry visitors around the Expo, which was later decommissioned spending time in the Charlottetown Harbour in the early 70's and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick from the 80's until 2015 when it was purchased by Ride Solar.

      "Expo Service No 5" at Expo '67,"MV Fundy Isles" in NB in the 90's, "Isola Solaretto" in PEI in 2019!
"Expo Service No 5" at Expo '67,"MV Fundy Isles" in NB in the 90's, "Isola Solaretto" in PEI in 2019!

Before the boat could be repowered and rebuilt, it first had to be demolished down to its original fiberglass hull.  Then we removed the old diesel motor and added a whisper quiet and green electric motor,  48 high capacity batteries and 6kW of lightweight solar panels on top of the new boat cabin made with 8-12 layers of hand-laid fiber glass.

Following plans created by EYE Marine Consultants (Navel Architects), the boat now called the "Isola Solaretto" (Italian for Island Solar water bus/taxi), can seat 40+ passengers in comfortable dining tables with a full kitchen, bar, bathroom with shower, TVs, free WiFi, sound system, swim deck, and more.

The exterior of the boat is now finished and all the materials for the interior have been purchased.  The last purchase we need help with is the final payment of $40,000 for our electrical panels from Port Electric Solutions in Newfoundland: 

Jordan Johnson (left) and Brandon Street (right) at Port Electric Solutions in Newfoundland with our electrical panels ready to be shipped to PEI upon successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign.
Jordan Johnson (left) and Brandon Street (right) at Port Electric Solutions in Newfoundland with our electrical panels ready to be shipped to PEI upon successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign.

For our Kickstarter campaign, we are selling solar boat tour tickets in advance for up to 50% off the regular price below:

  • $25 + HST Daytime 90 min harbour eco-tours 
  • $99 + HST Evening 120 min five-course dinner cruise 
  • $69 + HST Midnight 120 min "Bubbles & Pearls" tour with live music/magic
  • $5 (incl HST) Daytime 20 min docked tours with ALL proceeds going to IWK Foundation 

       FOR FULL DETAILS ON ALL TOURS AVILABLE CLICK HERE 

Risks and challenges

TIMING OF COMPLETION:

There is a chance that the boat may be late launching. However, as of April 1st, we seem to be on target to finish the interior cabin by the end of April and to purchase and install the electrical panels by mid May after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

This will give us approximately two weeks to test the boat in the water and about one month to get our kiosk set up, complete some trial runs, test our menu, etc. so we can be ready for a late June official launch.

If we are late launching, then all tour tickets will still be able to be used at the later date(s). Your tickets will never expire before they can be used.

ON THE WATER:

The Isola Solaretto is a fully covered & heated shallow hull (stable) boat only touring in the sheltered waters of The Charlottetown Harbour, however as with any boat tour, each trip is weather dependant.

If a tour is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, then your tour ticket can be used on another date, based on availability. Your tickets will never expire before they can be used.

"MAKE CDN HISTORY" TOUR TICKETS

This tour is weather dependent. We recommend that only people with flexible travel dates and/or live closer to PEI/NB purchase this reward.

Because we have to maximize our solar/battery power, every bit of propulsion energy will be used to make the crossing and we have to take tides, current, winds, & sun into consideration.

We will do our best to predict the date of the crossing one to two months out and then closely monitor the weather as we get closer to the date. If the weather is somewhat predictable (as it usually is for the month of September) then we should be able to narrow the travel date down to a small window of 2-3 days at least one week before the proposed trip.

If the weather suddenly changes, then we will have to reschedule the trip to a more appropriate date with better weather conditions.

THESE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR THE SOLAR CROSSING AND ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR REFUND OR FOR A TOUR AT ANOTHER DATE

However, "Founding Member" tour tickets & membership card included with this reward can be used anytime.

We do expect to have a "waiting list" of people who are available to buy your ticket for the solar crossing if you cannot make the trip for whatever reason and will help you sell your tickets, but this cannot be guaranteed.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

The Isola Solaretto is actually a 52 yr old reclaimed hull from the 1967 Montreal Expo and the new cabin has been designed with 8-12 layers of fiberglass (a deep sea fishing boat typically has 6 layers) so this boat has been & is built to last for decades. Our electric motor is inherently more efficient and less problematic than a diesel motor, needs less maintenance, and lasts longer.

Something else

The Isola Solaretto uses the power of the sun to move and produces zero emissions into the air or water. The vessel also opeates silently, protecting the land and marine habitat.

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    The Good Samaritan 2-4-1 Harbour Cruise

    For those of you who would like to support our project, but cannot take a ride, your tickets will be donated to the IWK Foundation (Children's Hospital to use at their discretion (https://iwkfoundation.org/) & you will receive a limited edition Ride Solar pin in the mail.

    $25 + HST Buy one, get one FREE – 90 min Harbour Cruise tickets! Receive two tickets for the price of one for a 90 min cruise on the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Isola Solaretto – The world's FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat. SAVE 50% - A $50 + HST RETAIL VALUE! Experience history & the future while cruising comfortably and taking in the beautiful sights of Charlottetown on the water – a tour unlike anything else in the world today!

    IWK Foundation is a registered charity. You may be able to receive a tax deduction for the eligible amount of your gift of these two tickets.

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    • One limited edition Ride Solar Pin mailed to you
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    2-4-1 Daytime Harbour Cruise Tickets!

    $25 + HST Buy one, get one FREE – 90 min Harbour Cruise tickets! Receive two tickets for the price of one for a 90 min cruise on the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Isola Solaretto – The world's FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat. SAVE 50% - A $50 + HST RETAIL VALUE! Experience history & the future while cruising comfortably and taking in the beautiful sights of Charlottetown on the water – a tour unlike anything else in the world today! For use beginning July/19. *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    2-4-1 Daytime Harbour Cruise Tickets!

    $25 + HST Buy one, get one FREE – 90 min Harbour Cruise tickets! Receive two tickets for the price of one for a 90 min cruise on the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Isola Solaretto – The world's FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat. SAVE 50% - A $50 + HST RETAIL VALUE! Experience history & the future while cruising comfortably and taking in the beautiful sights of Charlottetown on the water – a tour unlike anything else in the world today! For use beginning Aug/19. *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    $25 + HST Buy one, get one FREE – 90 min Harbour Cruise tickets! Receive two tickets for the price of one for a 90 min cruise on the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Isola Solaretto – The world's FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat. SAVE 50% - A $50 + HST RETAIL VALUE! Experience history & the future while cruising comfortably and taking in the beautiful sights of Charlottetown on the water – a tour unlike anything else in the world today! For use beginning Sept/19.

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    2-4-1 Daytime Harbour Cruise Tickets!

    $25 + HST Buy one, get one FREE – 90 min Harbour Cruise tickets! Receive two tickets for the price of one for a 90 min cruise on the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Isola Solaretto – The world's FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat. SAVE 50% - A $50 + HST RETAIL VALUE! Experience history & the future while cruising comfortably and taking in the beautiful sights of Charlottetown on the water – a tour unlike anything else in the world today! For use beginning Oct/19. *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    2 Midnight "Bubbles & Pearls" Tickets!

    $118 + HST Two (2) 2 hr midnight "Bubbles & Pearls" cruise with live music/magic tickets (Cruise, drinks & oysters included). SAVE 15% - A $138 + HST RETAIL VALUE! Includes drinks + a dozen Malpeque or Raspberry Point Oysters between 2 people with live music/magic on board. This is an adult-oriented, "festive" cruise meant to bring people together through music/magic, drinks, food, & fun while cruising comfortably on the Charlottetown Harbour - this tour is unlike anything else in the world today! 11PM Fri & Sat nights until Oct 31st. *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    2 Chefs 5 Course Evening Dinner Tickets!

    $178 + HST Two (2) 2 hr five course Chef's Evening Dinner Cruise tickets (Cruise, five course dinner, & drinks included). Save 10% - a $198 + HST value! Fresh potato pan rolls with roasted garlic bulbs, stout beer steamed PEI mussels, house-made Caesar salad, 8 oz tenderloin or 1 lb lobster or 1/2 of each, local craft drinks, PEI desserts, coffee/tea...plus a 2 hr evening harbour cruise! This cruise is unlike anything else in the world today! *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    Digital Business Advertising!

    $199 + HST to put your message in front of thousands of eyes from July, 2019 to Oct, 2019! Your digital 15 second still picture or video shown on the boat multiple times during EVERY tour all season on four TV screens to a captive audience. SAVE 33% - A $300 + HST RETAIL VALUE! You supply the MP4, AVI, WMV, Quick Time, JPEG, or PNG digital file and we will promote your brand to thousands of tourists & locals alike while they are sitting in a relaxed atmosphere aboard the Isola Solaretto taking in the sights, sounds, food & drink on the Charlottetown Harbour.

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    Founding Member's Cruise Pkg!

    $299 + HST for two (2) of EACH of the above cruises – a total of 6 cruises at a FURTHER discount PLUS: Have your name engraved on our "Founding Members" plaque on the boat, receive a special wine/beer glass for use on the boat whenever you are on board, receive a special Ride Solar Founding Member's card entitling you to 10% off daytime harbour cruise food purchases & special “Members Only” cruises, swimming parties, & more every year FOR LIFE. Beginning Aug/19. *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    Business/Group/Party Tour Tickets!

    $500 + HST The boat is yours for forty (40) people on a 90 min daytime Harbour Cruise! An exclusive, PRIVATE cruise for your group on the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Isola Solaretto - The world's FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat for a corporate lunch & learn, school class field trip, team building, or party event. SAVE 50% off individual ticket pricing. Have a standard educational & fun daytime harbour tour (See 2-4-1 Harbour Cruise details), use our 4 TV screens & FREE WiFi to do a lunch & learn or team building event, host a wedding or bachelor(ette) party, Play your own music & videos & tell the captain where you want to go on the harbour SPECIAL: BOOK TWO 90 MIN TOURS BACK-TO-BACK AND GET AN EXTRA HOUR ON THE BOAT FREE! (4 HRS TOTAL FOR just $1000 or $25/person + HST @ 40 people). For use beginning Aug/19. *Additional food/drinks available for purchase on board. Subject to booking availability. 40 people/cruise max.

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    2 "Make CDN History" RETURN Tickets!

    $599 + HST/couple to make history & join us for Canada's SECOND interprovincial solar boat crossing from NB back to PE in Sept 2019 (date TBA). This expected 3 hr RETURN crossing INCLUDES: Gourmet buffet, oysters, drinks, live music & local celebrities! Complimentary shuttle to NB to catch the boat ride back and you are invited for a special reception & tour at Canada's Rotating House! (www.rotatinghouse.ca) ALSO INCLUDES A COMPLIMENTARY FOUNDING MEMBER'S PKG ($299 + HST value)

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    2 "Make CDN History" Tickets!

    $799 + HST/couple to make history & join us for Canada's FIRST interprovincial solar boat crossing from PEI to NB in Sept 2019 (date TBA). This expected 3 hr crossing will be setting a Canadian record and may be publicized in the
    national media. INCLUDES: Gourmet buffet, oysters, drinks, live music & local celebrities! Complimentary shuttle back to PEI for a special reception & tour at Canada's Rotating House! (www.rotatinghouse.ca) ALSO INCLUDES A COMPLIMENTARY FOUNDING MEMBER'S PKG ($299 + HST value)

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Funding period

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