Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Richmond ky
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?
If the boat is big enough, say 60' or larger, a hybrid could make sense. But not for all the reasons you mention. The best location for weight is above the keel. Not everyone likes an engine or generator there, particularly in a smaller boat. The ideal location for sound is aft away from the main living area. And as you have said it is expensive compared to a standard engine installation.
How many people go out on a boat to save money ?
It is an engineering problem with limitations. Someone will solve it.
I like the way you pull at and pick and expose the problems with battery, solar and hybrid power. A problem needs to be pulled apart in order to understand it.
Kind Regards, Lou