Originally Posted by deckofficer
Maybe I'm just a glass half full kind of guy and see it from a different perspective. Maneuvering in a tight anchorage or marina I go with the mantra of "Slow is Pro", and lets face it, with electric propulsion
to be 1/10 of a ICE's slow idle, no clunking in and out of gear
makes for precise maneuvering.
Hah u got it, Bob. My slip is about 8 inches wider than my boat and if the wind isn't bad, I usually nail it, single
handed, no contact. With the old Atomic, docking
in similar circumstances definitely had its share of tense or frustrating moments. 700RPM can be an excessive amount of power when all you want is a gentle bit of a push.
And on the other hand, motor
acceleration is practically instantaneous with the electric drive, depending on the controller configuration settings. If I need a quick blast of power, I got it. Wow, I hate to think what the peak torque on my shaft is, when I twist the throttle knob to max, cause there is no delay or wind-up. If I am at stop and I want 1200RPM at the prop like right NOW, I got it.
And I don't have to hope my engine
will start, don't have to wait for it to warm up, no worries about unburned fuel
or ash in turbo or exhaust
, no pollution and no spill hazard, no fuel
smell, no worries about cooling water
, wow... The only real drawback is limited range, and battery
lifespan. In every other aspect, electric is doing a great job, and keeping a smile on my face.