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There are a lot of problems with doing a diesel electric hybrid on a small sailboat at the moment. First, is the weight of the battery banks needed to make the system workable. Second, is the reliability problems with any electrical system you'll find on a small sailboat. Third, is the fact that the technology is still very much a work in progress...so if you do go the diesel-electric hybrid route, you'll basically be a guinea pig.
Also, if you're planning on cruising long-term, you'll have to consider the difficulties of getting the system repaired in remote areas. Parts and such are likely to be far less accessible.
Stick with diesel. It is a solid, proven, mature technology that is relatively simple to operate and maintain.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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