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post #5 of Old 03-26-2012
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Re: Beta Marine - New Hybrid System!

Remember that we are sailboat owners.
We use our motor to get us to and from the dock.
When there is no wind, or light adverse winds, we motor.
When we motor for any appreciable distance, we need a lot of energy. I need about 3 or 4 gallons of diesel to get the full length of Loch Ness. The battery bank to deliver on that would have to be enormous. As for the battery bank to deliver on a 25 gallon motor session, well, have a wee think about that.

Let the motor do it with shaft power directly from the gearbox. Forget this hybrid stuff. It's otherwise known as "diesel-electric". Leave it for submarines and locomotives. They have their own reasons for using the concept, and they have nothing to do with sailing.
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