Sailor, you are a multihuller. So am I. Weight is everything on small multis. It is absolutely everything. Love Woods designs. I chose to go trailerable for a reason. I wanted portability and long distant roads to get to sailing venues.
You can look closely at Wharram
cats and get a very good idea on how to effectively power a small cat. Multiple YouTube sailors like LuckyFish and many others who power up with outboards or electrics.
Some things to know that my friends have passed on to me. Yes, it can be done with electrics. It is sexy but it isn’t what you think. When you can just push a throttle and you get instant power and no smell, noise
, or vibration... wow. No tainted gas... no clogged carb... no explosion compromises. Can it get any better?
But the other side of the coin... and there is always two edges to a knife, right? Have you ever seen the props on real electric motors? Let’s just say ... undersized and “really”? To say that you can compare electric to fossil fuel propulsion is a big fat ugly lie. Well... maybe not for a wealthy guy that can have 1000amp/hr bank and at least 1000 watts of solar ... and even then....
Last year I started early morning to cross from Mulege Mexico
heading east to San Carlos
. Crossing the Sea of Cortez
is about 90 miles. I started at break of dawn. Sea breeze didn’t kick in till around 900 am. Just cat paws really. I need about 5-7 knots of breeze to put the asymmetrical up. So I was on outboard for 4 hours. I get about 7.5 mph at 75% power. Let’s just say I got 30 miles out from Mulege before I could get any sails
working. Your electrics would have been tits up by 20 - 25 miles. Keep in mind this was very calm seas and wind very light.
Now fast forward. It is a 10-14 hour crossing. I have a pretty fast trimaran
. Now you are sailing your Woods but your bank is hammered. Yes you can run your genset to trickle into the LiFePo4
bank. Yes you have solar to trickle in all day. But you have emptied your bank.
Now you are approaching the coast and the day breeze dies. Now you have current
fighting you. Maybe the wind picks up from the wrong direction ... and it will always ... always on the nose... you have shipping
to contend with... and an Anchorage that has many boats to deal with. Man... that is stress.
Electrics are fine for short trips. My buddy has an all electric Tri. When he depleted he just goes to sleep and waits for the batteries to recharge. And therein lies the danger
. What if you can’t wait to close the coast? Small boats like yours and mine... have no business in heavy weather
. Dangerous and scary as hell.
Woods has a lot of room for solar due to the acreage available. So, with decent size battery bank and solar you can achieve electric cooking, lighting
, nav, auto pilot... but having a boat that won’t be compromised by battery storage
???? Those who really know this subject are those who use it. My buddy tells me that his twin prop electrics don’t have the punch of his old 10 hp gas outboard by even 70% percent. Once you see the props in person you’ll understand.
Look into induction tops for cooking also. I have even seen monohull
skippers who are full time cruisers go from diesel to electric sand then back to diesel after getting ito very dangerous situations with battery depletion vs navigation safety
. Think wind against tide and it is all on your nose. Now think if you have a full bank on a flat day. Your range is 20-30 miles. What do you think your range is if wind, tide, and current
opposes you? Maybe half that amount... those small props will not have the punch to get you through. Even sailing a tight beat with motors on won’t get you into safety
deteriorating ... loved ones on board.... your call skipper