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Re: I have had it with Outboards, Time to go Electric
I think you need to understand that solar only returns full charging power for a few hours a day, not all day long. A 120-watt solar panel may only give you the full 10 amps a couple of hours a day.
Needless to say, on less than full sunny days, you'll get a whole lot less.
My point is that relying on solar for your power needs is iffy at best and a good shore power fed battery charger would be a good investment as a back-up. A windgen is even less reliable, averaging about 1/3 amp per hour, even here in the tropics where a fairly reliable wind is common.
I'd be more inclined to bite the bullet and buy a Yamaha and have a reliable motor when you need it and should run trouble-free for a good many years, if well maintained.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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