Originally Posted by Figment
Are any of us running Torqeedo or other electric outboard motors on the tender? How's that going?
I see electric outboards on some daysailors but I don't see them on dinghies... there must be a reason why (other than $/hp). What don't I know?
My individual perspective is that I don't need the RIB to hit planing speeds, and I think I'd rather not have to deal with gasoline on board.
We have a 12.5 Torqeedo on our 10.5’ Highfield. We have two 48V, 10kWh batteries on board. The Highfield is center console. The batteries weigh in at 80lbs each. We love cruising in the tender as much as we do on our SeaRay 355T. Nice quiet sunset cruises. We are also able to get it on a plane if necessary. Tender weighs in at approx 500lbs total. There are smaller Torqeedos, we bought three 12.5, two actually went on the SeaRay for a while along with our Yamaha outboards. It was fun using them to slowly cruise but the weight factor and amount of solar required took it’s toll. Don’t get me wrong, the Torqeedo’s did their job, we wanted to use our solar for more creature comforts inside the vessel instead of always charging the Torqeedo batteries. As it is now, we still use a lot of solar power to keep the batteries on the tender going when we are at anchor.