From time to time an electric
sailboat comes onto the market, and for most of up even considering one involves a considerable leap of faith. These forums
are awash in some of the opinions and alleged issues, eg -
1. limited range
2. lack of knowledge (many of us know diesel/gas engines) but very few understand electric
. DIY is a challenge and learning
3. difficulty of service
while cruising, compared to sailmaking and ordinary glass and engine repairs
and knowledge in distant ports
may be an issue.
And so on. Bottom line: I've considered these and more and I'm still game
, in fact quite likely to buy a used electric sailboat. That's my decision, but to the real point:
Resale. something we all have to consider when buying
. It seems to be a truism that for the above opinions, electric's resale is both lower in price
, and notably harder to find buyers, ergo a further loss of value. Let me pose this less than hypothetical:
Consider a good used diesel-powered sailboat that would otherwise command a fair sale
or resale value of say $20,000. If that same sailboat was powered by a used electric, how would that affect the sale
or resale? I need to buy right, so I can sell right. So what is the wisdom of the forum?
Would it or should it sell or resell for $15,000? $10,000? Less?