SailNet Community - View Single Post - Optimal propulsion system
View Single Post
post #43 of Old 10-04-2012 Thread Starter
Senior Member
davidpm's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Madison
Posts: 4,494
Thanks: 360
Thanked 76 Times in 67 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Re: Optimal propulsion system

Originally Posted by benjamen View Post
How feasible would it be to use an electic engine and batteries charged by solar cells? If your not using the motor that often it may have time to solar charge back to full between uses.
Their is a very active electric yachts yahoo forum where this has been discussed a great deal.

The consensus is that for most boats, even in light usage you would not have the room to fit enough panels to make that work.

Panels are used often to supply led lighting and to top off, the last 10 percent, charge all the time.
There was a showcase boat however recently that looked like an aircraft carrier, power only, that used only solar. It was a several million dollar experiment however.
davidpm is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome