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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

I'm not against electric. We were OK with the cost, the batteries (and their replacement every 4-5 years), etc. We really tried to make it work.

It came down to range. The boat we considered doing it on is on the Chesapeake. With limited range that would mean if we get stuck up a river with no air, we won't have enough power to get back to the marina. That, in turn, would mean our sailing area would be limited to mostly the Bay and maybe a tiny bit up the rivers. That isn't why we bought the boat.

If we were retired and could sit becalmed for a day or two, that'd be no problem. I think electric is more practical if you're on the coast.
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