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Vagabond Photo Gallery

David Gillespie cruises the St. Johns River in his restored 114-year-old motor launch in almost complete silence thanks to a hybrid propulsion system. Contributor Brooke Williams describes the project and its results in "Something old, something new" from our April 2014 Issue. Click here to check out the image gallery of Vagabond's rebirth.
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In the April 2014 issue of PassageMaker magazine, contributor Brooke Williams took up down the St. Johns River to meet David Gillespie, a retired deputy state historic preservation officer from New York. Gillespie is a serial restorer of old wooden houses, cars, and of course boats. Williams writes:

"Commissioned and built in 1910, Vagabond came out of the water for restoration in 1954. It was to be a father-and-sons project. They got as far as disassembling the woodwork, leaving the boat ready for the replacement of structural members. After that, the boat sat in a shed in Ithaca, New York, until the family decided to sell it in 2001. David Gillespie heard about the boat, became intrigued with what turned out to be a giant jigsaw puzzle, and bought it."

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After years of hard work Vagabond is back on the water and is the floating epitome of mixing tradition and technology. Vagabond is loaded with cutting edge equipment, all centered around an electronic Elco motor rated as being equivalent to 45–85hp diesel, a battery bank of AGM batteries totaling 2,996Ah and a Kohler 8.5kW genset. Despite fully embracing the high tech world, Vagabond retains much of its old world charm with tons of wood throughout and a meticulously restored brass helm she was originally launched with. Pick up the April 2014 issue of PassageMaker magazine and catch the full story in the feature, "Something Old, Something New."

David Gillespie enjoys the fruits of his labors.

David Gillespie enjoys the fruits of his labors.

Vagabond's new Elco power plant.

Vagabond's new Elco power plant.

Vagabond's hightech battery bank totals kW

Vagabond's high-tech battery bank totals 2,996Ah.

Vagabond's old world charm is largely maintained by the heavy presence of brass a wood seen throughout the interior.

Vagabond's old world charm is largely maintained by the heavy presence of brass and wood seen throughout the interior.

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