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Old 09-08-2012
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Re: Optimal propulsion system

What you're proposing is gaining traction these days.. there are a few boats offering this kind of package, and you're right, it's not going to be inexpensive. Overall I think the electric drive will be best suited to the in-harbour/out of harbour needs of the daysailer, once you get into generators to power the electric power most of the advantages are lost. Getting enough solar to power up such a system will have its own challenges as well.

Good luck, btw, coming up with a powerful enough generator that no one else will notice running....

Emerging battery technology may well make this more feasible in the near future.. It's a neat idea...
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