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Old 18-05-2022, 06:56   #1
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Converting a 1971 Nautaline to electric

I have a 1971 34’ houseboat that am thinking of converting over to electric. The current engine has not been kicked over in 12 years and the outdrive is pretty corroded. The boat is a condo for the most part, but would like to be able to take her out in to the harbor every once and a while. Also, she needs to be able to move around under own power in order to be docked at most marinas.
Has anyone ever done a similar project? Any advice, info links would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 22-05-2022, 08:45   #2
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Re: Converting a 1971 Nautaline to electric

Welcome to the forum, Gbird3.

That will be complicated and expensive relative to clamping an outboard motor on the transom. First, you need a source of the electricity. That could be shore power (pretty simple, you already have it), a genset (expensive, but good for power at anchor, too), or solar (expensive,dependent on the sun). Then you need a way to store that energy, unless you plan to run the electric motor with the genset directly. That means bunches of batteries, which need maintenance and are expensive. Then you need the motor and the foot/propeller. It can be done, but do you really want to do it?

There are numerous discussions of electric populsion on the forum, and you can search for the threads. My impresssion is that it has some applications, but power, range, and cost are bigger problems than in electric automobiles. Like cars, the initial cost is high and the range is short.

You're talking about very occasional use. That seems to me more suited to a simple outboard rig. Good luck with it, whatever you choose.
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