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post #3 of Old 01-19-2002
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Electric propulsion

Practical sailor just did a prelimanary report on Solomon Technologies. They found alot of unanswered questions. I too have been investigating the possibilities of an electric aux and find it can be an attractive option. If the claims made by solomon are 75% true it is a viable system but will cost a little more than a new diesel. Weight? almost the same with the 10 to 12 batts you''ll need but the ability to get the weight lower. Maintaince? far superior to diesel. Responsiveness? almost perfect. Efficiency? again almost perfect. Noise? no comparison.
Electric boats have been successful for decades, the next step is to get them into private vessels on a wide scale. I applaud the people with the guts and brains to try something new. If only we could get them into PWC''s. People who disdain new technology thought we''d never get to the moon.
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