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Old 03-17-2019, 12:07 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by wkearney99 View Post
What are you people on about regarding noise from a Torqeedo?

I've got one that I've used on our 9' inflatable dinghy and it's considerably quieter than any gas engine I've ever used. It doesn't whine at all. You do hear some electric motor noise, but it's nowhere near a problem.

The upside is a single charge is good for a fair bit of back/forth travel around an anchorage. Recharges overnight via AC. Keeps a charge for months.

The downside is power. If you're talking about flat seas or light waves it's great. If you're talking trying to get back to the boat when a storm's approaching it'll be a wetter ride than you'd get hammering a 9hp gas outboard at wide open throttle. But then you're not making an even comparison. Do the same thing with a Honda 3hp and you'd have about the same problem.

Several big upsides. It always starts. It holds a charge forever. It's light. It can be stowed anywhere, in any orientation, and nothing will leak from it. It doesn't smell, likewise great for storage if you want to put it in an enclosed space below.

We didn't use it at all last year as the new-to-us boat came with a RIB and and outboard and I didn't feel like muscling the 15hp Yamaha off it to test using the Torqeedo instead. I may try it this season.
Noise? What noise? ... G

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