Originally Posted by capngeo
lagunaman26, First, welcome to CF... secondly most of the electric conversions I've ever seen have been converted BACK TO traditional internal combustion.... just sayin'
That's because lot's of people have a power boat
with auxiliary sails
, not a sailboat with an auxiliary engine
My conversion is well underway. Although I do plan to use a small generator as a hybrid for extended trips, those trips are maybe once a year. A friend has the exact same boat as I, with the same motor
, and he's able to motor
out to the islands and back on a single
charge (without sailing). I'll have half the battery
capacity, so I'll have a complete one way trip under power alone (and that's to 60% discharge at 4 knots, but I could go both ways at 3 knots or to full discharge).
I don't understand why people constantly motor sail with the diesel running. We can't wait to shut the thing off and sail so we can talk without yelling. Won't be a problem any longer. One of the main reasons my wife and I enjoy the sailing is we get to spend time together and hang out. And this year we'll be adding the boy to the island trips (some of them, anyway :-). If it takes longer, so be it. It's our time to relax.
If you want to motor around everywhere, you're going to be *really* disappointed in electric. If you like to sail, electric is going to make your sailing much more pleasant.
Check out this page on electric motorsailing
and then poke about the rest of the site. It's a pretty honest appraisal of electric boats and systems. It is definitely not for everyone, or probably even most people, but what a plus when it is.
-- if you want to see (albiet with some delay because I lag at updating) my conversion, check it out here
. I probably should go update it with todays work...