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post #2 of Old 02-02-2009
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Ducky...the systems are quite complex and there have been all sorts of bumps on the learning curve. I know and have chatted with 2 the owners of 2 of the Lagoons and one says that if he had it to do over again...he would not do it. Both have had lots of problems and knew they would be guinea pigs before getting the boats which are NOW (a couple of years later) pretty well sorted out. Both have high praise for Beneteau in terms of support and spending the money to put things right...but it is clear to me that getting this to work properly on a cruising boat is still not quite ready for prime time.
Nigel Calder is presently putting together a new Malo with both diesel and electric systems and the latest technology in charging and batteries to try to quantify what the issues are and to make it all work.
In the future, I think we'll see a lot of hybrids. Follow the project here:
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