Well, I'm the proud owner of a new Torqeedo 1003 electric outboard
. I charged the battery
and took it for a spin on my Walker Bay 10 rigid dinghy
last night. I don't want to light the fuse on a gas vs. electric
debate, and anyone who's spent more than 10 minutes searching electric motors within this forum knows that there are clear pros and cons to each.
I decided on the Torqeedo for a number of reasons, including the fact that it has a nifty GPS
chip built directly into the battery
housing, and so the onboard display tells you at any time how much further you have on your current
charge (assuming consistent throttle). It's pretty handy, I must say.
Took my wife and son (with myself, probably 340 lbs total) out for a sunset cruise
around the harbor last night for about 90 min and it easily hopped up to about four knots. Slight breeze, but no significant wave action. The torque is surprisingly powerful (thus the name Torqeedo, I suppose). We mostly cruised around at about 2.5 knots (over ground) and the readout indicated that we could do that for about 9 hours before I'd have to break out the oars.
A slight humming/whine, but other than that it was wonderfully quiet. Not quite as quiet as rowing, but a world of difference from a gas outboard
When we were done, the unit (total weight about 35 lbs including battery) pops into three pieces - the battery, the handle/tiller, and the drive train/prop. Each piece can be easily lifted with one hand and after a quick fresh-water rinse, I stored it in pieces in the engine
compartment, no problem. No oil
, no fuel
, no mess - pretty darn nice.
Early days, but I'll try to get some pics and/or video as I do slightly more scientific testing on range and speeds, charging
So far, so good...