Having had some success with converting our 15,000 pound 34 foot Pacific Seacraft
sailboat to electric
but really keeping it still a sailing boat
, we were thinking about getting a smaller trailer boat
and converting it to solar/electric.
Instead of inboard, we would use an outboard
, like a Torqeedo Cruise
4.0 or similar.
I had in mind starting off with a older single rudder Macgregor
sailboat, as these can be found quite cheaply and usually with a trailer
. They already have a motor
mount for an outboard
, and the draft
is something like 1 foot or so. We would strip off all of the sailing rigging
and just plaster the boat with solar
on the bow and cabin
, along with a solar bimini
. I think you could cram nearly 2000 watts on a Macgregor
26S if you didn't care what it looked like and didn't have any sailing gear
in the way.
They are pretty light without the water
ballast. I think around 1600 pounds? The waterline length is 23 feet, so they should have about a 6 knot hull speed
, meaning at 3 or 4 knots they might be moved fairly efficiently with a small motor
Our 34 foot PSC34 can be moved at 4 to 4.5 knots with 3000 watts going to our 10kW motor but it doesn't have a significantly longer water
line than the Macgregor and it has a lot more wind
drag I should think (it is also 15,000 pounds, but that is mostly about acceleration). I am not a boat designer
though and for all I know, the hull
is more efficient on a PSC34 than a Mac 26S.
Would a Macgregor make a decent platform for this?