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Old 10-13-2015, 08:51 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by stubones99 View Post
What about the electric saildrive options? MasterVolt and several others offer that option and are quite small footprint. I am curious about the losses compared to hydraulics but my best source was my late father but he's gone now. I know lots of larger ships do generators to electric drives (and locomotives too). Why not an electric get home engine? With a folding prop, it should be minimal maintenance and drag.
One of my concerns would be duty cycle. If I really need a get home motor it'll be because I'm out of tow range. If I'm half way to Hawaii then I could need to run it for 1000 miles. I'm not sure if want to do that with an electric motor.

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