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I have had it with Outboards, Time to go Electric
My outboard has kicked the bucket again. 3 year old engine. Bought new, shop maintained, 4 stroke.
In the last week I have sailed into 2 unknown marinas sailed out of 2 unknown marinas and sailed into 2 unknown coves because my outboard just wouldn't run.
Any way, wife said sell that xxxxxxx outboard and lets figure something else out.
Any way. Thinking about going electric. I know several here have done the same. The boat is only 900 pounds, 21 feet.
I am not sure if I have a question but curious if there is any feed back.
Already on the boat is 20 watts of solar and an 80 AH agm. I own a 35 lb trollling motor. It will push the boat to a couple of knots, i might end up upgrading to a 55. Thats plenty for me for docking.
I don't see any need for mechanical propulsion on open water. The boats sails way better than it motors. Even in light air (sail area displacement ratio of 33).
I don't have much room for solar. I figure I can swap the 20 on the bow for a 40. 40 on top of the forward hatch and maybe 75 on top of the companion way. Thats 135 watts.
Plus, if I am getting rid of outboard and gas, i can take that space and weight alottment for another battery. Big battery I am thinking. That should give me better range. 5 miles would be nice for dead wind and canals.
So thats what I am thinking.
Last edited by Arcb; 08-14-2019 at 07:05 AM.