Anyone look into an electric motor
in lieu of diesel
? There are several manufacturers that appear to turn out good quality motors that put out enough thrust to efficiently move a small to medium size boat. Medium, say up to around 37-39 feet.
Yes, they require bunches of expensive batteries but they alleviate the need for fuel tanks
, through hulls for exhaust
intake and they eliminate most of the daily maintenance
rituals like checking water
, belts, racor
filters and whatever else.
The cost is comparable, the advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages - which as I see it, consists only of having to worry about generating charging
for the batteries.
But to that end, most of the motors will allow for trickle charging
as the props turn when underway under Sail. Meaning, with no motor
running, the propulsion
caused by propulsion
by sail and wind
, generates a trickle of charge back to the batteries.
Of course, wind
No fuel tank
and a smaller motor
in place of the big noisy diesel
leaves more room for storage
, no oily smells, no worrying about fuel
Anyone have any experience that they would graciously share?