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I know that you are all such wondrfully experienced sailboaters. So does anyone have advice, experience, gripes or raves, pros and cons, or just a second opinion There are quiet a few companies making these motors but wasnt sure if they were a safe bet yet. Any comments would be appreciated.
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I raised the name a couple of weeks ago to someone that had an extra generator kicking about. IIRC the verdict was that you really have to design the propulsion system around the Re-E-Power system, and not cobble together a motor here, and batteries there...

I like the theory (regenerative capability when sailing, flexability of the engine location), but would want to fully understand a quote from them, and guarantee before I spent any money with them.

I also noticed at their website that they seem to be having production problems. Not that it would be a show stopper, but their website looked mickey mouse to me too...

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Hello,
Re-e-power has been a great company for me. I was recently upgraded to the system 2000+ which is a new motor for 2008. The website has just been redone and looks very professional. Many new improvements to the systems recently and new products on the way such as an available generator and possible high output solar panels. The company now has a forum to discuss the electric propulsion systems and the company's owner is an active participant in it. There is also a link to the company's YouTube site with videos that include installation and a test run of the new system on Lake Erie. Very informative! You can't go wrong, especially when the owner apologized on the forum for production delays and explained that even previous owners are being retrofitted with current, better, updated components. That's service!
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Into a headwind, against a chop and swell, a narrow channel?
An electric motor, running off batteries?
You can even bring your own generator, running on diesel to charge your batteries.
Apparently I can't go wrong.
I wonder.
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Why not just install an inboard. Of course DanMendat's experience is probably unlike that most will have, since his boat is significantly smaller than what most on Sailnet are sailing in.

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Into a headwind, against a chop and swell, a narrow channel?
An electric motor, running off batteries?
You can even bring your own generator, running on diesel to charge your batteries.
Apparently I can't go wrong.
I wonder.
I am not that addicted to silence.

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