Originally Posted by Cacique
. . So I think I will give one a try, the only thing is no one seems to have one you can try to see if they are any good.
Thing is they are good and do work just fine. The weak link is the power supply limits the thrust/horsepower that they can practically put out. That is, the higher output units require some serious battery storage
which means serious extra weight in the dinghy
Just like an electric lawn mower, which can perform as well as a similar sized gasoline powered lawn mower, there is the problem of getting enough electricity to the unit and how far you can operate on that stored or corded power source.
So trying one out is not really necessary - they work - they are quiet which is why serious gill fishing
folks use them on their bass boats, etc.
The decision you need to make is can you handle the extra weight of the batteries in your dinghy
and can you put enough batteries in the dinghy to get you where you want to go and back. It is tough to beat a 3 gallon can of gasoline on a little 5hp outboard that can run you around for a week or more before needing refilling. In order words, the miles per unit of stored power on electric outboards, sucks, as Jeff Foxworthy would have said.