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What do you think of Bjorn's suggestion: take, say, a 15 horse outboard that is deployed via the designed engine box and on the opposite side one e-pod 3000 unit, deployed similarly. Split the difference? I don't know: you're still lugging a 600 pound battery bank around (but no generator).
Hi Ann and Nev,
If I don't take the opinions of the rest of the crew into account, I will hear about quickly - have no doubt. Here's a question for everyone (especially Ann and Nev as they have the most extensive Tiki 46-specific live aboard experience (in the world, I would figure): Can 15hp outboards be set up to recharge the batteries to run all electrics on board (with solar and wind assistance)?
The reason I ask is this: I would not want to sail into a nice quiet anchorage and have to fire up a deck-mounted diesel generator.
The thought of an electric drive that can be hoisted clear of the water that can be recharged with a small diesel gen to minimize the number of batteries required is appealing until I envision that gen running when all should be quiet. That said, I would rather carry diesel than gas and it's not like the outboards are quiet. So many considerations...it will end up as a compromise of course and I'm glad we have a few more years to think about it.