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Old 26-05-2022, 16:20   #1
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Looking for one more perspective on electric vs. conventional motor for dinghy

I am still debating whether to get an electric vs. a conventional outboard for my dinghy. Now time has come that I have to decide...
We use the dinghy only occasionally, as we primarily sail in and out of a marina.
We need the dinghy on the few occasions we go for a cruise or we overnight at anchor. Also, since we only use it occasionally, I would not store the outboard permanently on the boat
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What appeals to me of an electric outboard is that is easier to handle taking it in and out of the dinghy, which for us is an important consideration. Also an electric is much easier to store and carry around (for example, you can store it flat without worries, or "throw" it in the trunk of the car, which is not the case with a conventional outboard).

The thing I still do not understand well is: how do people "manage" the charging of the electric outboard when they cruise for extended periods of time (i.e., away from shore power)? We do not have a generator or solar aboard and when we anchor we try to save energy as much as possible so as to minimize the time we need to run the boat engine to charge the boat batteries... However, that is exactly the situation when we would want to use the dinghy, and thus we would need to re-charge the electric outboard...

I guess my question is: the task of having to re-charge the electric outboard, does it become a pain at anchor (to the point it would make you wish you had a conventional outboard), or it does not make much of a difference?

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Old 26-05-2022, 17:01   #2
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Re: Looking for one more perspective on electric vs. conventional motor for dinghy

If you are a marina boater, how do you charge anything when away? Running the engine is an 80’s thing.

For you, sounds like a small gas outboard is they way - properly stored when not in use is paramount.

For us, we never need shore power (no ac needed) and have excess solar power - so are considering a supplemental electric outboard (other engine is a 2-smoke 15 for going fast and far).
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