Well I guess I'm confused.
Believe me I've read as many posts and talked to a lot of people on the subject of Hybrids and I'm missing something. I'm not going to try and convince anyone that this is the way to go, I've made up my mind and I like what I got. But I don't get what some people are saying about the systems. So Educate me..
Let's assume there are 3 types of sailer's out there. Racers, cruisers, and Greene's.
Let's also assume (Over Simplifying Here) that the Racer's only want to go fast.
The Cruiser's want to get there in comfort.
The Greene's want to do it without polluting.
Is it possible to do all 3 with the same boat? No
How about 2 out of 3? I would think so.
Point is you can't have everything. Each person has his or her reason as to what they want out of their boat. We also have our individual budgets to do what we want with our boats and some of us are spending money
as far as Hybrids go. One day we will get it right and can have all 3 boats in one but not quite yet. Nobody is arguing that point but it ticks me off that we aren't allowed to try and move toward that point without some people calling others dumb for trying. There are people on this and other boards that have mathematically shown that we are wrong and can't sail without it costing more than using a couple of diesel engines(Oxymoron??). Then again there are some who say they can do it for a lot less. Who's right? Doesn't it depend on how you sail? Isn't it a matter of how fast you want to get someplace, how hard you push your boat and equipment
, what level of comfort you want?
A friend of mine has a 28' mono and an outboard
that works most of the time. No inverters, converters, or such. a single
12volt battery to power his running lights is it. He has electrical
issues do to old wiring
. No bathroom (a bucket I think), no kitchen, no electronics
, and a combo/table/nav/bunk area. His girlfriend stays on our boat any chance she gets. We have a blast sailing with him because he can put the rail in the water
and go fast. So we have a racer
with no comfort and green when he doesn't start his motor or dump waste overboard
I've got a Cat that is decadent. My lovely wife wouldn't have it any other way. For that matter I'm seeing a lot of advantages as well. It's a Hybrid, notice I didn't say all Electric
, there is a difference since I have a genset, and I can sail all day without starting that Genset. I don't need to run it getting off the dock
or getting on. If I go on the hook for a few days I will start the generator and if I get caught in a headwind for a couple hours I'll start it then. Can I do hull speed
, around 8 to 10 knots? Yup. I've also gone faster. Does this make me a racer
? I don't think so but it's plenty fast enough for me at this point and I'm happy even though I guess I could be going faster (what 1..2 knots?) if i didn't have all those batteries on board. Green when I don't run the Genset. Cruiser.. You bet, pass the ice and change the channel. Two out of 3 I think.
Is a Hybrid more complicated? That is so dependent on the individual's ability to comprehend and the boat. How many of you out there can rebuild
a motor and sail drive or for that matter change a Joker Valve?
The point I wish to make is that this is a new technology that is moving forward rapidly. There are followers and then there are leaders. It's perfectly ok to take a wait and see attitude but don't shoot the scout because he's out in front. Just a few years ago there was enough nay sayers out there that I'm surprised at the number of boats and systems coming on line. I've followed the EV and Private Solar system crowd since the start. I've talked to the Senior Designer
at Tesla Engineers and spoken with several of the leading System Engineers on Solar and Propulsion
. Nobody has it 100% and I don't pretend to understand it all but there is enough happening on many fronts that the nay sayers have gotten quiet. There's only one technology, the battery, that is holding us back from a giant leap forward. It's not going to take long to crack this problem. So at least look at the systems that are offered and offer constructive criticism. Not all the answers are going to come from one company but we may be seeing a piece of the puzzle each time.
Steve in Solomons