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Old 01-11-2013, 16:53   #121
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Re: Longest time/distance you've had to motor?

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Just curious: on this route which is usually blessed along much of the way by reliable NW winds, how did this come to pass?

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"Usually" is the operative word here. October, trying to slip down the coast between systems, time constraints. We felt a bit ripped off having to motor through "Gale Alley", but on the other hand, how often do you get to round Cape Mendocino sitting in a lounge chair on the foredeck?
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It's understandable that there's a lot of confusion between the two systems but a quick internet search will provide some good basic explanations. Conventional systems serve people well and will continue to. But these hybrid systems have many advantages to those who are open minded and properly research them.
This is good to hear. This is more similar to a Prius-style hybrid system. This ought to be the combination that gives the greatest range of economy and performance from the smallest number of components..
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This is good to hear. This is more similar to a Prius-style hybrid system. This ought to be the combination that gives the greatest range of economy and performance from the smallest number of components..
there are other better systems than prius like Fords in which you can run any combination you wish, electric only, D only, D& E together, In the prius they work together all the time which is not what you would want for a sailboat.
west marine sells one like Fords system I believe.
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For some boaters electric propulsion will never be ready. But, really one does not need have a motor at all to sail around the world. A motor is most useful coming into a marina or harbor situation. You don't need it out on the ocean what you do need is patience, planning and perseverance. Vendee Globe being the most recent example.
The longest I've motored so far has been 40 miles while using around 900 watts in a hybrid mode using less than a gallon and half of gas. I only did 40 miles because I had reached my destination. I could have kept going until my fuel ran out if I wanted. That 900 watts propels my 30 foot 8 ton boat along at 3 knots. My 900 watt limitation was the power supply/battery charger I was using.
It is hard to explain how different electric propulsion is to those who have not used it. Even how quiet it is. When I first converted I had many "what if" concerns about what could happen and what would I do if X happens. I've found over the past five years they were misplaced concerns as I gained experience with EP. Personally, I would never go back to diesel. Electric propulsion has proven more reliable and required much less maintenance than when I had the diesel on board. On most boats working on the diesel engine is not fun and plenty of boats have had engine problems while underway. Not to mention the diesel is usually in a cramped, dirty and hot location. An EP boat always has a clean bilge and lots of space around it. Most parts are located in convenient locations for access.
Plus there are also things you can do when you have electric propulsion that you can't do with a diesel. One of the things is making fuel (energy) when underway. You can do this with wind, solar and regeneration from a backwards turning prop that turns the motor into a battery charging generator. I do agree having a small generator does help keep things charged up and moving. In my case a Honda 2000 fills the bill nicely and is used for other functions on board like using power tools. For me the three legged approach to energy on board works very well and gives me options as opposed to relying only on diesel fuel for auxiliary propulsion.
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