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Old 04-09-2018, 16:53   #76
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Re: Electric motor options for inflatable dinghy

Not sure if youíre asking me, but I was able to get about 3.5 knots in flat calm with just myself and the battery aboard my Takakat lite 12í dinghy.
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Yes I took too long to be able to edit that question in to my original response let me tell you that's(3.5) awesome. Oops wrong person. Still cool and I totally understand switching to gas for greater range.
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Yeah it worked well for going to the mooring and back aside from the charging issue. I just brought the battery home a few times to charge it. Keep in mind though this is a 55lb trolling motor on a light catamaran style dinghy. I nearly always opted for speed setting 2 or 3 and rarely ever 4 bc I wanted to conserve juice, so I was usually going slower.
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Not sure if youíre asking me, but I was able to get about 3.5 knots in flat calm with just myself and the battery aboard my Takakat lite 12í dinghy.


Thanks for the earlier, very complete final reply. (Those are close to my same speeds, also flat).Gasoline is so so powerful. 33.7 kwH in a gallon. (Per EPA) A small 4 stroke is very efficient, powerful, and I agree ethanol free is the way to go (I canít get started on the ethanol lobby again...). When the safety of your loved ones is on the line, you do what it takes, what works. Electric has come a long way, but just like in the endless ďis X a blue water boat?Ē threads, you use the right tool for the job. As you say, electric is great for the mooring ball run. More people are choosing electric for this job, or rowing, and itís great. But just like yard tools, if your mowing a city yard, electric is great. If youíre mowing the highway embankment, gas is the way to go.
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I think everyone would like to know what speeds you get with your inflatable dinghy and 30 pound thrust


Yes, as below I am not sure, but it feels fast and we use it to go in harbors or anchorages or hop around little islands in shoaly places. Iíd say like 3 kts? 2.5? Thatís with 450 lbs of people, a big old marine battery, and some food and drinks. For sure I cruise right past kayakers, dinghy rowers, kids sailing optimists, and all the other harbor excitement. Iíll look to measure top speed. Also I keep a cycle of batteries so Iím always cruising a full one.
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Thanks for the earlier, very complete final reply. (Those are close to my same speeds, also flat).Gasoline is so so powerful. 33.7 kwH in a gallon. (Per EPA) A small 4 stroke is very efficient, powerful, and I agree ethanol free is the way to go (I canít get started on the ethanol lobby again...). When the safety of your loved ones is on the line, you do what it takes, what works. Electric has come a long way, but just like in the endless ďis X a blue water boat?Ē threads, you use the right tool for the job. As you say, electric is great for the mooring ball run. More people are choosing electric for this job, or rowing, and itís great. But just like yard tools, if your mowing a city yard, electric is great. If youíre mowing the highway embankment, gas is the way to go.

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Re: Electric motor options for inflatable dinghy

I'm planning on installing either the largest Efoy or middle powered one; I'm wondering how well that electrical system will charge the lithium battery of an Epropulsion.
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