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Started by Grambo the Gray, Sep 04, 2023, 03:21 PM
Quote from: Grambo the Gray on Sep 04, 2023, 03:21 PMJust bought a P-18 and I would like to put and electric trolling motor on it to move around and exit the dock area. Based on my research a 2 hp should be good enough. Has anyone ever tried this approach?
Quote from: pgandw on Sep 04, 2023, 07:44 PMThe Epropulsion Spirit 1.0+ cost me $2559 before sales tax this July. Epropulsion rates the Spirit as equivalent to a 3hp gas outboard, and I agree with them, having previous had a 5hp gas outboard. Spirit has 1hr 15 min at full throttle which has little use on my boat. On my 19ft Mariner I get 4.5kts at half throttle (checked with my GPS) with 2.5hrs run time. Normally use 300-400 watts for motoring at 3.5-4.0 kts, giving a range of 12+nm and 3.5-4hrs run time. Perfect fit for my Mariner, all the power I need with a reasonable range. Does cost though, more than half the value of the boat.But the motor got me out of the doghouse with the wife, who was complaining I never used the sailboat. She was right, I had a hard-learned anxiety about whether or not that gas outboard would start when I wanted/needed it to. I started out with range anxiety with the Spirit, but a 3 day cruise from Niantic, CT to Mystic CT and back proved it had enough power to handle the 3-4 knot tidal currents against me at the railroad bridge on the Niantic River, and still had enough range to power 6 miles in the Niantic and Mystic Rivers, with 50% battery left at the end of each day. Similar results here in NC motoring 6.2 miles from the launch ramp to home dock in 1hr 29 min. Recharged battery each evening.Fred WStuart Mariner 19 #4133 Sweet PYeopim Creek, Albemarle Sound, NC
Quote from: tjspiel on Sep 04, 2023, 09:14 PMI've heard those can be re-charged (at least a little) by the boat spinning the prop as you move through the water. Is that true?
Quote from: noelH on Sep 12, 2023, 11:52 AMTemo has an interesting 450 watt motor. Looks like a stick with a prop at the end. Transom quick attach mounting plate turns it into a more "proper" motor. Light at ~5kg total mass. Not a boatload of thrust. In one video review it was able to push a dinghy at ~2kts is gentle choppy seas. They have a model that caught my interest that is in the same class as the Travel and Spirit. The features I liked about it was a height adjustable shaft. No need to choose between a long or short shaft. The motor in the kicked up position can be rotated 180 degrees for easy removal from within the cockpit. Even with the battery and tiller removed from the Travel it is a pita to remove in anything but calm seas.