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Location: New Westminster, BC
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Re: Comparing diesel vrs electric propulsion(DIY/Production) in terms of resell value
Seems to me electric propulsion will continue to be relatively limited range so it would depend on the local area and the intended usage. In areas where simply daysailing is the norm and power is needed only to leave the marina and return to your berth at the end of the day, it makes perfect sense. If you have an hour or 3 in reserve to get back home in case the wind dies, then good.
But for the type of sailing we do, and most do in the PNW the distances can be long, tides can be strong and many boats cruise extensively, esp in summer season known for generally light winds. I suspect it would be difficult to rely on electric, however tempting it must be. The idea of 'silent' power is appealing indeed.
There's a repowered (electric) Ericson 34 in town here, we've followed her out into the bay a time or two.. I don't know if they are very laid back, or if they are doing the best they can but I've never seen that boat motor at over 3-4 knots.
Overall I don't see it as a value enhancer yet. We do have a member here who uses Epower, hopefully they'll weigh in.
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