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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?
Even with better battery technology, such as lithium, you still have to put the amps back in the bank. That's the biggest roadblock.
I mean you can't "recharge" your fuel tank. You have to pull up to a specialized station to fill up - something that's already impossible in remote areas or offshore.
So if the energy storage issue is addressed, and you can carry around the equivalent electrical energy of your gas tank (or a sizeable fraction of it) then electric becomes a fantastic solution for most people.
It's still not perfect because you can't add extra "tanks" as easily (you can add batteries but the downside is that a dead battery takes the same size and weight as a charged one).
Personally I had my best season last year and went through less than half a tank (15 gallons) the whole time. If I could store the equivalent of 5 gallons, I'd be all set. Worst case I'd have to pull up to a dock once a season for an overnight recharge. Not a big hassle at all.