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Re: is anyone using an electric motor to get out of the marina
I have a slightly different question, but close enough to this topic that I'll ask it here.
I have a cheapo inflatable (see my Avatar) that I may use as a dinghy this coming season. They make a motor bracket for it, and it's rated for up to 2 hp. I really don't want to put a gas motor on it, and may just try rowing it. But if we end up cruising with our dog, rowing may be a little more difficult, and some motor power would help.
An alternative would be to get the motor mount and put on a small trolling motor, which should be fine for runs to shore in protected waters.
My main question is about the battery for this. For an inflatable dinghy, I can't imagine putting in a group 24 or other full size battery. Does someone know of a more portable battery that might be more appropriate. Obviously it would have fewer Amp-hours, but hopefully enough to get to shore and back a couple times before needing to recharge.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)