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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?
Wooden boat magazine did a spread last year about an antique launch that they converted to hybrid.
The electric motor was the only one that would fit without changing the boat. They found someplace else to put the generator.
Some catamarans do the same thing so they only need one big generator rather than two diesels and a generator.
The advantage of the hybrid is you can design in whatever range and power you want by changing the size of the components and still have the cool factor of silent running and torque control of an electric motor.
It is guaranteed to cost more as the engine and generator cancel each other out but you still need to buy extra batteries and electric motors and lots of control stuff.
For a premium setup it would be really cool and have the benefit of having lots of extra power available as long as the generator was not needed for propulsion.
Hair drier, microwave, washer and dryer etc.
But most of these threads the OP included are looking for something cheaper than diesel replacement and usually on a smaller boat.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.