SailNet Community - View Single Post - Electric hybrid Inboard Vs Diesel
View Single Post
post #5 of Old 02-13-2013
LauderBoy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 199
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Re: Electric hybrid Inboard Vs Diesel

Electric propulsion on sailboats is superior to diesel except in 2 ways: power storage and the ability to instantly refill all that power from a fuel pump.

Unfortunately most cruisers need those two things.

A 2kw Honda portable would probably give you a constant 3 knots of speed, but unless you're comfortable with your life being ruled by tide tables, currents and the wind, you should probably just stick with a nice and powerful diesel and accept their downsides.

I'll probably go electric drive myself in another year or so. But I hate dealing with petrol engines and I could likely accept the way an electric drive would limit my cruising style choices.
LauderBoy is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
 
 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome