I am considering an self contained (battery built in) electric outboard
to replace the 2.5hp two cycle I have. The two cycle has enough power but it is often hard to start . This seems worst when the temperature is below 55-60. Salt water
has been hard on the two cycle as well.
I sail I sail a 14' catboat ( small for this group), about 1000 pounds displacement
(picture below). Usually alone (well with my dog) and it is risky to spend time pulling the cord and fiddling while I'm trying to sail. Especially when the motor
is needed urgently and the wind
is blowing 18+.
I'm looking for any experience you all might have. As with many things I don't trust the sales literature anywhere near a real world experience.
I use the motor
-get off the dock
and raise the sails
-putting reef in or shaking out
-Go under bridges or up a channel against the wind
-Very infrequently get home when the wind is uncooperative
and return to the dock
-When thingS go wrong and I need some power to get "right" again
The catboat goes home on a trailer
everyday so charging
is not an issue.
I need something light for boat
trim and so I can remove and carry it. (Bad back).
Any recommendations or stories of successes of failures with electric
outboards would be great. I'm willing to spend the money
as long as it does the job well.
Thanks in advance