Here is my Torqeedo experience:
I recently picked up a Torqeedo Cruise
4.0 on eBay for a really great price
. It was new/unused and never previously sold, with full warranty, but was an older model left sitting on a shelf for over a year.
It arrived looking good, and worked great in the livingroom, so I mounted it on my Avon
and fired it up. Or rather I tried. I got an instant error.
Long story short, this older model had a fiber reinforced plastic motor
pod, and a particularly gruff shipper dropping the box just the right way could cause the skeg to push up into the motor
housing and crack it. This is what happened to me.
Torqeedo support was EXCELLENT. They acknowledged the issue, and let me know that they had already changed over to CNC aluminum
to address this issue - but had raised the price
$400 to cover the more expensive material. In spite of the price increase, they offered to replace my older motor pod with the new one at no cost to me, except that I covered sending the motor to the US service
I received the updated Cruise
motor over the holidays. I launched it, and it is absolutely awesome. It is lightweight and very powerful. It is also very quiet, doesn't smell, doesn't leak fluids and ruin clothing
, and can be safely stored below deck
. Yes, Torqeedo is rather expensive, but as an occasional dinghy
user who hates the noise
, smell, and hassle of outboard
motors, the Torqeedo is a revelation and worth every penny. My Honda
is now officially retired. Were I a full-time cruiser I'd likely feel differently, but as a weekender I'm a huge fan of electric
Here is my setup:
2.8 inflatable dinghy
with high pressure inflatable floor - 2006 or so model
Torqeedo Cruise 4.0T
8x BMZ 24V 20Ah Lithium batteries
, configured 4P2S into a 48V 80Ah pack. These batteries
are tiny, and the whole pack fits under the dinghy seat**
With the standard propeller
, I plane easily at 11 knots drawing 3,200 watts. It's a 4,000 watt motor, capable of drawing 5,000 watts for some number of minutes, so with my lightweight dinghy the motor is RPM
limited only. I plan to try the "speed" propeller
instead, which will provide significantly more speed and possibly better efficiency at lower speeds - we'll see about the latter.
Just for fun, I ran with the throttle set to use 1,000 watts in order to simulate a Torqeedo travel 1003. While certainly just fine for a leisurely non-planing trip from the boat
to shore, and a decent simulation of my Honda
2 hp outboard
, I have to admit that I liked having the other 3,000 watts to play with.
** Like the Torqeedo deal, the batteries were another eBay find. BMZ is the German battery
manufacturer that makes the Torqeedo batteries. But instead of $5,000 for two Torqeedo batts, I paid $1.080 total. Granted my pack has only 80% of the capacity, and lacks the very cool Torqeedo CAN bus communication, but my setup is only 1/5 the cost for goodness sake. BMZs are rated for "10 year" lifespan and are VERY nice batteries. I will end up making a water
resistant case for them - I'm thinking of building it into the dinghy bench seat. Total pack weight is around 64lbs.
Most people are using the Torqeedo travel with the inflatables. Has anyone else used the Cruise 2.0 or 4.0 on a small inflatable? Has anyone tried the "speed" propeller?