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
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
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?