I'm sorry to befoul this perfectly fine thread which is very similar to the dozens of other repower threads with the exception of having the word "electric" in it. But the level of ignorance posing as experience or knowledge is getting a little out of hand. I certainly don't want this to turn into a sailing anarchy post, but I feel I'm getting close.These are very good points. But it brings up yet another reason not to go electric. Sooner or later, most boats have to be sold. What will be the effect on the sale price of an underpowered, finicky, "boutique" propulsion system that only works on smallish lakes? Also, given that the technology is evolving all the time, it is almost guaranteed to be obsolete in a few short years.
I'll bet all my savings that I've sailed more miles last year than everyone on this forum combined. All with an "underpowered, finicky, 'boutique' propulsion system that only works on small lakes." Gimme a break.
All those "points" about gnarly conditions on a lake are not great points. Anybody who is hoping that a "powerful" diesel is going to be their salvation when the wind pipes up on a lake probably needs to brush up on their seamanship. And become a better sailor. Or buy a trawler, preferably one with two engines just in case one fails.
Battery technology is in it's infancy. My company is on a design team that PNNL just hired to design a lab that will be testing grid storage level technologies. There is a significant money, $Bs, being invested in R&D for battery technology. To think this is headed for obsolesce is pure folly. This is not buggy whip technology we are talking about.
Some day I hope to have the self assurance to post with such confidence on subjects with which I have no credible experience or knowledge.