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Re: Optimal propulsion system
Those e-pods look cool!
I agree with all that, except this might need some tossing around:
5: Regenerative power while sailing at hull speed.
There are indeed a few "towable generators" on the market, but I'm not sure how well using your normal drive propellor to regenerate actually works in practice - since I'm led to believe different shaped blades are required for generating power from the water flowing over them without creating too much drag in the process.
I'd think you'd be better advised to stick with a folding/feathering prop and use wind/solar generation instead... Just my 2c worth.
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office
Last edited by Classic30; 10-17-2012 at 11:03 PM.