Re: [Michalak] Digest Number 922
- Dear List,
Following on the discussion about outboards, I wanted to throw in a
For a small boat like an IMB, a jewelbox jr, or some other daysailer, I
gather people use engines in the 2-4 HP range. I priced them and a new one
cost between $700-$1000. For this price you can get a very heavy duty
trolling motor, 24 v, 100 lbs thrust with all electronic wireless remote
control. If the boat was primarily for sailing in local waters, the motor
as an auxillary, what would be the relative advantages of electric versus
- Hi Barry,
I have several OB's I use to move my Lightning around(19'6" and 700#
empty... closer to 1400# with the family and all gear) when not under
sail. After many hard starts, noise and smoke clouds I got fed up and
bought a Minn Kota 12v 70# thrust trolling motor for those days when
I don't see the need for dragging along something for long runs. With
the Minn Kota at half throttle I can get close to two hours from a
single Interstate deep cycle battery without discharging it past 50%.
Mostly though I just use it to get on and off the trailer and out of
the tiny little basin where the boat ramp is. Mine is a basic model
with the controls on the tiller and a piece of PVC with a hose clamp
as a "tiller extension".
I think that if your plan is to use a motor infrequently and for
those little trips like the ramp stuff then a trolling motor is just
Keep in mind though that batteries need proper care if you want them
to last so: Buy a good quality deep cycle, Buy the biggest one you
can carry. Stick to good brands, Interstate is my favorite I have had
them last 6 years. Trojans are real good too. Don't by an Exide, they
are junk. If possible, keep from discharging the battery below 50%.
(Wallyworld has a Minn Kota meter for $15.00 and I checked mine
against a specific gravity battery guage and it IS accurate. Spend
the money for a GOOD charger. What you want is an intellegent charger
that has the ability to monitor the charge and lower the rate of amps
to a very low trickle to keep the battery fully charged.
Battery killers are: Running them below 50% on a regular basis.
Keeping them on a charger all the time(except a float charger).
Leaving them in a discharged state.
Also, put it in a battery box and strap it down up forward in the
boat for better trim and safety. By safety I mean that you don't want
the battery moving when you turn turtle in a nice wind.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, Barry Rosen <brosen1953@o...> wrote:
> Dear List,
> Following on the discussion about outboards, I wanted to throw in a
> different question.
> For a small boat like an IMB, a jewelbox jr, or some other
> gather people use engines in the 2-4 HP range. I priced them and a
> cost between $700-$1000. For this price you can get a very heavy
> trolling motor, 24 v, 100 lbs thrust with all electronic wireless
> control. If the boat was primarily for sailing in local waters,
> as an auxillary, what would be the relative advantages of electric
> Barry Rosen
- Electric's biggest advantage is QUIET! Quiet is a Very Good Thing in a
boat. You also don't have to mess around to start an electric motor, and it
always starts. A gas engine's advantage is range, the "fuel" for an electric
motor is heavy and bulky, it takes a long time to refuel and you have to
find an electrical outlet. A gas engine will most likely also push a boat
faster than a trolling motor, since trolling motor props are "geared" for
high thrust and low speeds.
I usually use a trolling motor for an auxiliary. One group 24 deep-cycle
battery is enough to get me from one end of the local mudhole to the other
in a pinch, and that's all I need. I rarely use it at all, but I know if I
didn't take it along I'd surely get stuck in a calm four miles from the
On Fri, 03 Sep 2004 12:04:46 -0400, Barry R wrote:
> If the boat was primarily for sailing in local waters, the motor
> as an auxillary, what would be the relative advantages of electric versus
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