A few comments.
One of the advantages of the props being in the water
is regen. Removing or folding the props would eliminate that. My 410 can regen as much as 430 watts at 8 knots, that's as much as a couple of solar panels
Shaft drive is what I got and wouldn't own a sail drive for all the problems I've heard about. Direct coupling to the motor
is clean and simple.
The problems with the 420 have been documented and the 420 is NOTHING like the 410 SE system. Lagoon
in there infinite wisdom decided to go it alone and paid the price
. To add to that they sold
a system that wasn't well understood by a number of owners and then some of those owners decided to put their boats into charter
to people who for the most part beat the hell out of them, more so than a standard ICE boat. When the systems started to fail and Lagoon bailed on them why wouldn't an owner go back to something that is better understood. It's not that the system was to complicated it just took a different mindset to operate it. Add to the fact the 420 hull was designed for the battery
bank fit and not for speed and you have another set of complaints.
3 410 SE's where built and all 3 are still operating with Electric Drives
1 of them was resold at above market price
the beginning of the year, on the market 1 week.
I've continued to improve my system and plan on a LiPo4 battery
bank when my current AGM
bank goes bad (5 years old and still going strong) which should double my run time at 1/3rd the weight and size. Electra Glide came over from France
on it's bottom and drive system and did the Islands then up to the Chesapeake. The delivery captain
up to the Bay had no problems and had an abundance of electricity. I've burned 39 gallons of diesel
in 4 years using the genset and most of that was because I'm getting most concerned about the fuel
going bad. I can do 8 knots and in most cases get off the dock
, sail all day and back home without using any dino fuel
In other words I love my 410 and the system I have. I'll be interested in seeing if the Gunboats and several others will continue to use pretty much the same system I have in the future. Yes it's not for everyone but then it took a while to go from reines to a steering wheel
. I also think I've become a better sailer running electric.
Steve in Solomons MD
Lagoon 410 SE