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Old 15-09-2010, 21:41   #1
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Almost 'Engineless' - Need Opinions

hello this weekend I will lunch my sailboat, I know its late in the season but I just cant resist and will enjoy the boat a full month at least.

anyway I dont have an engin yet, well not quit! I do have an electric 50lb thrust that will fit nicely in the lazzarette well. I was wondering if this little thing can push my 6000lb boat out and in the marina?

any idea guys
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Old 16-09-2010, 03:33   #2
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Yep, it sure can, but don't expect it to push you quickly, against heavy contrary currents or through considerable wind. If you get 3 knots in a dead calm, you'll be doing good, but this is a hell of a lot better then rowing a 3 ton boat.
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any idea guys
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If you wait for slackwater and light winds you could scull a 6k pound boat pretty well.
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Old 16-09-2010, 12:18   #6
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If you wait for slackwater and light winds you could scull a 6k pound boat pretty well.
but who whould want to sail in these conditions?

guess my only option is gas!!!

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but who whould want to sail in these conditions?

guess my only option is gas!!!

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Show up early, scull, catch wind, go sailing. People have been sailing and rowing long before internal combustion made it on the scene. Despite what the brochure says, it is possible to operate a 3 ton vessel without an engine. J80's weigh in at 1.5 tons and are always engineless. Plenty of boats in the 1-3 ton range don't use engines.
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your going to use a lot of battry juice get it going so make sure it/they are well charged!
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guess my only option is gas!!!
Eat lots of beans, wait 8 hours. You'll have all the gas you need.

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Eat lots of beans, wait 8 hours. You'll have all the gas you need.

hahaha I hear methan makes for a good laught too!

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Show up early, scull, catch wind, go sailing. People have been sailing and rowing long before internal combustion made it on the scene. Despite what the brochure says, it is possible to operate a 3 ton vessel without an engine. J80's weigh in at 1.5 tons and are always engineless. Plenty of boats in the 1-3 ton range don't use engines.
I know your right, at least I hope you are!!

when I started looking for a sailboat my intent was no engin, no gas or diesel and absolutly no propan.
I was going to try rowing but read about electric engins, I was lucky and got one new for cheep, I got 2 deep cycles hooked on a solar just for this engin, its not yet instaled but will be this weekend.
also have 2 more batteries and solar for the boats electric needs wich is very basic, no fridg, no tv or nothing electric other then nasasary for the boat.
thanks for your help
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How about a long oar with a pivot that would plug into a cockpit winch.Most winches take an 11/16" square bar which could be welded to a "U" bracket for the oar pivot.Row on one side and use the rudder to counteract the oar.

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I jury rigged a nice oar system by attaching a pair of 10ft. white water rafting oars to the winches using a butterfly knot. It is an effective backup propulsion system allowing a speed of about two knots. It is also much more effective than a sculling oar. I have actually tried it and it's suprisingly effective at moving a 7200 lb boat. Just make sure you have lots of drinking water available!!

I think your 50lb thrust electric may be effective so long as there's not a strong current. Unfortunately, I don't have a conversion between thrust and hp, but I know that on my electric, 1.5 hp is enough to move the boat at 3 knots in flat water.
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Yes. But make sure there is no tidal rip. If there is one - go on the flow or at slack water.

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I used to row my 7 ton schooner, using one 14' oar. Never had an auxiliary. Am building a 6 ton gaff cutter with no provision for power, though I might try the electric outboard if I have the bucks. If it's a sailboat, it doesn't need an engine. The real question is, do you?
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