Originally Posted by brottousn
well i do really love the boat its my first boat. and the first time i have ever sailed was on this boat.. you think if i just got a bigger more reliable outboard id be ok? also are there any solar powered engines that are popular out there.. i was thinking as a possiblilty to instead of putting in an imboard just rig some batteries down there... i think the wieght of that engine couldnt of been more then a coulpe hundred lbs.. is that throwing my boat off though?
not having that wieght down there? any suggestions on my rigging would be great just like specs as to how tight they should be..
No pure electrical motor powered by solar panels and batteries has proven itself over the long term. Especially if you need to do more than just maneuver to your slip and/or get out to the sailing grounds from a marina. Pound for pound, there is no better storage for energy than hydrocarbons right now.
I have seen diesel-electric hybrid setups...but even Lagoon pulled their model that had that setup after a few years. I think Hunter had a hybrid setup. But both still have a diesel engine to power up and top off the battery's.
Batteries just aren't there yet to replace hydrocarbons for trusted, long distance cruising.