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I actually own a 1003L on my trimaran (26ft, 3000lbs) on an inshore lake (due to regulations) in Europe.
But back to the stuff:
I can push with about 3.5 kn in flat conditions but at about 4 bft with waves 2 ft speed is about zero.
This may be due to the higher wind restistance to my trimaran.
- For just going from/to the dock the battery lasts for weeks without charging
- With a simple cable, you can charge the battery from your main battery.
Three things are really disappointing:
- with full throttle against 3 bft in a narrow channel, time to go is about 20 min or 1 nm
- when the remaining battery load is about 30%, the software throttles down for "security reasons" (like you would have to go 20mph to the next gas station for 100miles)
- when trying to stopp the boat (reverse from going forward without motor movement!) the motor mostly ends up with an error-message ("Overload") and has to be rebooted.
Keep in mind, that compared to standard inboard e-drives with big drive-units it is a nice piece of german high-tech.
Simply compare the torqeedo to a comparable inboard e-drive (size, weight, prize), so it is completely different.
The techology was initiallly used in RC-planes and copters.
Yes, it is a viable alternative under some circumstances, it's quite cheap, compact, easy to use and way better than all the "trolling motors".
No, it's no alternative going to sea under rough conditions, for sea-use I still go with my Tohatsu MFS 6 SailPro (Ultralong).
The Torqeedo simlply can't compare in range, simplicity, reliability, repairability.