What about electric
drive? There is a possible steal on a 40' Graham that needs the diesel
rebuilt. It has a good getset. If I buy it I might have the engine/tranny pulled and sell them. I feel like an Etek style motor
with belt drive would be very easy to rig up and mount. I'd probably go with a flat belt with teeth. ( I see no reason to ever use a V-belt on a new application.) I think I could get something working for less than $1,000. Later I could put in a variable controller with regeneration if I was going to cruise
Hydrolic could be nice too. Electric
however, would not only be able to regen under sail, you could maneuver in and out of dock
off your house bank.
If I do this, eventually I would have (8) 6V batteries, a 48V 200A controller w/ regen. Add some solar panels
and I don't think you'd ever need to use your genset again. Only thing you'd need diesel
for is a heater. You could even use an induction cooktop. No propane/alcohol.
jenny2 - Your post is unintelligible. Use the 'preview post' function. Maybe throw in some punctuation here and there.