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you might google - Nigel Calder, as he has been tasked with designing and implementing a true electrical propulsion system and documenting the advantage or disadvantage. A year back, electric was not there yet, in any commercially viable way and I think that is still the case. This was with the best and most advanced technology money could buy. As the Elco drive is "old technology"...
He is a genious, IMHO, and has the skills and credentials to do this.
I think that given the weight, cost and installation issues that you will encounter in bringing this to your Mariner....it will be a no-brainer to NOT do it. It is not a trivial task, and few yards or techs are on the Bay that know anything at all about to help you.
That being said, if I had the money to test this, I would be all over it, just to see for my self how it plays or doesn't. I would contact Stevens Institute (or other engineering college) and hire two or three interns with an interest to help.
Keep us posted as to what you learn.