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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
My 12 gallons = 4200 lbs of batteries if that is the case. And since my 12 gallons are Imperial not US multiply that by 1.25 to get 5250 lbs of batteries for the same range. This on a boat that displaces 7000 lbs.

5250 divided by the weight of golf cart batteries (66 lbs) means I would need 80 batteries to get the range I have with diesel.
True enough. But, if one uses the engine in their sailboat primarily just to get n and out of the harbor, then range becomes much less problematic; even more so if regenerative sailing is added to the analysis. And remember, we are talking about sailboats here.

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