While electric power may make sense for a daysailer, it isn't a good idea for a cruising boat. If the boat requires moving under power in hazardous conditions for prolonged periods of time, the real problem is that the electrical bank can not be easily replenished. If the generator is large enough to power the motor without the aid of the battery bank, then there is little in the way of weight or energy savings.
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
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