"Replace your current engine
with one sized to push your boat at economy cruising speed (4-5kt), piggy back an electric motor
system onto the propshaft. Add batteries, panels
and controller. Now you have more oomph to get in and out on electric
against a moderate current
or a fair amount of wind
, not a lot of oomph but more than the trolling motor
. For long distance powering the diesel
pushes you along operating at it's most economical load, and when you need a lot of push all at once the engine
run together, you just can't have that much power for long. This is the expensive option, figure $10k."
I Like that idea!!!
Im scooting around town on an e-bike that runs 60 volt x 32 amps.
Goes about 50km at 50 kms per hour.
,insurance -no gas or smell and costs about a quarter to charge up over night.
A friend says he can give me 60 v x 40 amp Life Fopo for about 1000 dollars with a BMS and 6 am charger
.Would give me 100 km.Will do as soon as my SLA bricks die.
Love it and would like the option in a sailboat.
The feeling of turning a key and hitting the throttle with no noise
is enjoyable and hard to explain till ya try it.
Isn't a diesel
which everyone already has with the electric motor
used as an "auxiliary" for easy maneuvering around the docks-quietly and no stinkers- the best option for now until we have our hydrogen power-cell perpetual motor replacement for diesel?
I guess you would need a clutch
system?and room to install?
Already having a generator
on board would be huge plus too.
And at the end of the day -if-the diesel died you would have the electric
auxiliary as a backup.
That's the system I want to see and hear about.
Any one got one or know where I can look?
PS-any Govt incentives or tax breaks for going electric like in a Prius?