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Well, I will share some of the points of this system as they have been presented to me. I have not totally researched all of these... so please feel free to point out differences. However, here is my understanding:
1) The Generator versus two diesels is MORE efficient, not less.
2) Sailboats require diesel. Sorry guys. If you are daysailing on a 16 foot hobie, please accept my apologies. However, for the rest of us that sail large boats, I must break the hard reality that we are motor boats too. If you are cruising... you are a motor boat that has the potential for other forms of movememnt... not the other way around. (Wow, isnt that going to get me some nasty IM's).
3) Here is the beauty of an electric drive. If you have diesel engines as your means of mechanical propulsion, you CANNOT get diesel from the air or water (well, unless you are in Houston, HAHA). You are limited by your tanks and the closest gas station (in reality). Now, if you had these electric drives, imagine replacing the very heavy weight (and cost) of two diesels with large solar arrays and wind generators. Maybe three or four generators? Maybe Eight or ten panels of solar. Am I dreaming? Maybe a little... but if you did, I would imagine the theoretcial (yes, theoretical) yield could be awesome.
4) The Lagoon 420 has a cruising range of 2000 nm. Now, I am not sure exactly how they added all that up, but it was portrayed to me as the efficiency gained by the electric motors.