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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

I think one of the better uses is dual electric drives with a generator in a catamaran. If done right it is lower maintenance than a diesel in each hull and many larger cats would have a generator anyway. Based on the designs I have seen their customers want all the conveniences of home anyway.
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I think one of the better uses is dual electric drives with a generator in a catamaran. If done right it is lower maintenance than a diesel in each hull and many larger cats would have a generator anyway. Based on the designs I have seen their customers want all the conveniences of home anyway.

Well that's what Lagoon tried and failed at. It is an interesting possibility but one of the largest catamaran companies in the world with deep pockets and tech support from the engine manufacturer couldn't get it right.
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

What type of system did the Lagoons have?

You have a good point though - if a large company like that can't get it right how could an amateur on a budget expect to?
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

This is the electrical system pfd from lagoon. It goes thru all of their specs on the boat.

http://www.cata-lagoon.com/site_agen...GB_01-2007.pdf
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

probably had more to do with bean counters and intended useage than anything else...

like zeehag says there are guys out there and many who have done succesfull conversions and are quite happy, sometimes the info is hard to get

btw I peruse craigslist always just to see what the market is like and what boats are going for these days and I have seen 4 or 5 electric sailboats that have been converted and for sale

one is zenergy down in san diego I beleieve and the guys who do these conversions REALLY up the price compared to diesel inboard equals...

for example there was an ericson 30 I beleive similiar standard ones would go for 5-10k ready to go and this guy wanted something like $20k

so it seems like quite the added value to a boat, or its just crazy owners who invested too much and dont want to lose out on all their money from the conversion! jaja

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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

If it is such a good idea why would they be selling? I would think a boat without range would have to sell at a lower price.
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

but they go higher...and maybe they just want to get a bigger boat or something...it was just something I noticed from perusing the classifieds all the time

I think its quote the added value if you take into account its a certain market niche

the boats being offered where very well maintained, in marinas...and fitted for daysailing...

which is what most electric conversions have been applied to....

and last but not least its still a sailboat...
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Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

here is that boats classified link on latitude 38 not craigslist sorry
Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing and Marine Magazine

its going for 25k! but it has a very NICE AND EXPENSICE thoosa system
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If it is such a good idea why would they be selling? I would think a boat without range would have to sell at a lower price.
People sell their boats all the time: no engine, gas engine, diesel engine. Why should the fact that someone is selling a boat with electric propulsion be questionable???
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People sell their boats all the time: no engine, gas engine, diesel engine. Why should the fact that someone is selling a boat with electric propulsion be questionable???
Not questionable that it is for sale but why would someone sell a boat that they have just installed a fairly expensive electric drive system in? Would you installl a new diesel in a boat you were going to sell? I doubt it.

In California if you are not going offshore you are basically travelling marina to marina or at least it can easily be done. There are not too many places there without shore power options so it works. As I posted earlier it wouldn't work well in my area (B.C.) if you traveled to the popular areas to cruise in.
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