I have a new boat
with a Yanmar
30 and a SailDrive
20. I'm quite disappointed by the maintenance
interval and requirement to haul out
to change the saildrive oil
, and very worried that the aluminum
skeg on the saildrive is going to corrode the second my zincs aren't fresh. I just don't see the saildrive as a highly reliable long-term solution to drive shafts, but the industry is going that way.
My brother's Ranger
33 was converted to electric
by a previous owner. He's got 4 lead acid batteries
driving a 48hp golf-cart motor
inboard, and he has a range of about two miles with that system. It easily gets him in and out of the marina and is more than powerful enough, but being pure electric
, the range is not useful for anything other than docking
Has anyone converted a diesel
saildrive to an electric hybrid? Specifically I mean removing a saildrive completely, installing a 40kw generator
on the diesel engine
, and bolting a 40kw motor
to the fin keel
, with the power cables
coming up through the re-sealed saildrive thru-hull.
I know there are a number of companies specializing in full electric conversion, but what I'm looking for is just sail-drive conversion to electric--no esoteric battery
packs or anything, I'll run the diesel when I need to power the motor. I don't want to hack my boat
up either, so I'm looking for a professionally manufactured total package.
Basically the first time I have any trouble with the saildrive, instead of putting dollars into repairing it I'd like to put dollars into replacing it with an electric drive.