Now you've gone and done it Hank!!
I yearn for diesel electric
, I dream about diesel electric and I'm convinced diesel electric represents the future!
But......(there's always a but, right?)
The sad fact is no one is making a very good system at this point and we just don't have the technology available to store the kinds of power one would need to store to make a diesel electric system practical. I'm confident that will change in time, but it's not here today. I even toyed with the idea of building my own 60ish HP electric motors, talked to some engineers about the project etc. I think it's very doable right now and certainly needed.....but as a commercial
enterprise we just don't have all the technology in place to do the job at this moment in time....so I decided to go cruising instead.
The folks who tell you their cobbled together 6HP electric motors when bolted back to back are just fine for 40'+ boats are being far less than honest in my opinion. HP is HP is HP no matter if it comes from gasoline, electricity or diesel. If you're boat needs 40HP to achieve hull speed
in a sea way it needs 40HP no matter what the source. Sure those little 12HP rigs will move your boat in the marina, but at sea trying to claw
your way off a lea shore you'll be sweating big time and probably end up on the rocks.
Bob Bitchn' of Lats and Atts fame made a big deal out of choosing one of those vapor ware companies for his new boat, but dropped the idea when he finally realized they were blowing more smoke than truth. I know there is a market out there for this, but I also know until we have more advanced technology it isn't practical.
My $0.02 worth anyway.