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
A paranoid is a man who knows a little of what's going on.