I too am an owner of a Torqueedo outboard
. If I were using my sailboat as a live aboard, I'd go with a combustion engine
, but for my weekend sailing use, Puget Sound
tendering, and helping out with scuba
divers, it works perfectly.
When out on my own (200 lbs) in my AB ultralight aluminum RIB
, I can do 10 knots for only about 20 mins. 5 knots is more like 60 mins, and 2 knots is closer to 6 hours of range. Like others, when loaded down with 4 guys in the dingy, a headwind, and some waves, it does get quite anemic and the range plummets.
is 48v, so that's why it only charges from a custom PV panel, or 110v adapter. And the recharging does take eons. About 10 hours for a full charge, from nearly empty
I find the greatest benefits are:
- super light weight, especially when broken down to 3, 10lbs pieces, making it perfect for single
- easy to stow away below
- ninja quiet, making for silent motoring to and from anchorages
- guaranteed to start with a turn of the throttle, no back breaking pull cords.
- reverse throttle too
- built in GPS
based speed and range calculator is awesome
- no need to keep gasoline around, or mess around with any greasy/smelly petrochemicals.
- almost zero maintenance
. As long as I keep the battery
plugged in during periods of disuse, it'll be ready to go in the spring. No need to unclog fuel
carbs, or change the oil
- low range at high speed
- very long recharge times
- anemic when loaded down
- very expensive, compared to other 4hp outboards.
- good luck fixing it if it breaks down.
Would I buy another? Probably.