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Old 22-06-2013, 16:10   #1
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electric engine Torqueedo for 18 ft sailboat pros and cons?

we are new sailors with an 18 foot Victoria, short day trips up to a week planned this summer in Chesapeake Bay. The gas outboard motor for our sailboat, a 3.5 Tohatsu, has had several small problems, now including oil oozing out of the main air intake for the carborateur noted just after we fixed a clogged water intake system (for cooling the engine) so we are considering buying instead an electric outboard motor, Torqueedo travel 1003 model. One battery pack fully charged lasts 2 hours at full throttle and 4 hours at lower speeds. We could have a second battery charged on board. Very interested in thoThe electric motor is for boats up to 1 1/2 tons and ours is a little under one ton. Any thoughts about pros and cons of replacing the gas outboard with an electric?
And if any ideas how to repair the current carborateur problem, be interested too. Thanks.
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Old 22-06-2013, 16:42   #2
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Re: electric engine Torqueedo for 18 ft sailboat pros and cons?

If it's a two stroke, a little oil around the carburettor may not indicate any problem at all. It could just be some residue left from fuel which has evaporated.

Even a four stroke could show this symptom - the crankcase ventilation system could cause it, without necessarily being an issue. You have to make sure when you transport it, it is "right side up", or crankcase oil will leak into the inlet system.
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Re: electric engine Torqueedo for 18 ft sailboat pros and cons?

Torqueedo would be fine on the Victoria. Our club uses one on our 26 foot International Folkboat which is much larger than your Victoria. If you need to do a lot of motoring then it isn't your best choice but for getting you in and out of slips or a ways up a river then it should be good. We use solar panels to a battery bank and then an inverter to charge the Torqueedo battery. Having an extra fully charged battery as a spare is a good idea.
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Re: electric engine Torqueedo for 18 ft sailboat pros and cons?

My main issues with the Torqueedo, is the limited range and the fact that you can buy almost 3 outboards for the price of one Torgueedo. Chuck
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My main issues with the Torqueedo, is the limited range and the fact that you can buy almost 3 outboards for the price of one Torgueedo. Chuck
Yes, on this point. They definitely are not cheap.
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I've seen one on a dink with good results, one one a tri with bad results. For what you Pay they sound like a waste, but that's an outsiders opinion.

Electric sure is easy! What would be the power comparison be to a large trolling motor? The option for several batteries and still saving cash would make it better I would think
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