we had only used out torqeedo 1003 in very light wind
and no currents and it had good range and speed for what it is.
this past weekend we anchored behind christmas
(wisteria) island by key west
. from the boat to the historic sea port dingy dock was 1.1 nautical mile.
C260 Airlite air floor dingy
three persons aboard (425 lbs)
8-10 knots head
in the main ship channel was taking us
down of our destination
and we ended up having to fight
to get into the dock.
it took us 80% of the battery to go this one mile at a speed of about 1 knot
we called boat US to get us back to the boat. no charge with our
I am considering buying
another battery but its about 500.00
or perhaps there is another external battery solution so
we have more range, it was night time so solar would not have helped.
or if I was rowing to help it along we may have made it with only 50% battery used. and with the wind behind us on the way back
we would not have needed to row on the way back.
going to shore was optional, we could have just stayed aboard.
next time we'll anchor
where we don't have to cross the main
ship channel's current or just stay aboard, or row to help the battery.
I also very much dislike carrying gasoling on board and heavy outbards so we'll try every option to make this work for us in as many situations as possible.
a little rowing is a good thing....
I love how light it is and being able to take the motor apart and store it under the floor in the boat.
and if anyone has a set up for an external battery please let me know.