For the silence, simplicity and lack of maintenance
I changed to electric propulsion for the silence, simplicity and lack of maintenance, when
compared to the old noisy, smelly diesel.
I sail more now and obviously motor less, but the upside is I've become a better sailor.
I could invest in lighter weight Lithium batteries and increase the range but the AGM
batteries are sufficient for my needs and are within my budget.
My total system including batteries is the same weight as with the old diesel, with my
One of the joys of electric propulsion is electric motor sailing in light airs.
With the sails up and a little throttle I can electric motor sail all day, maintaining heading
and pointing higher to windward, using just a few hundred watts of power.
I'm mostly a day and weekend sailor but carry a small generator for backup, which with
5l of fuel can let me motor (if needed) for around 8 hours at 4 Knots.
It is also handy to top up my reserve/inverter bank as I like my luxuries of an electric
kettle, toaster and George Foreman grill. For cooking I use a Bio-ethanol stove.
For heating I have a small Eberspacher with a 10l tank, installed where the gas bottles
use to be.
After 2 seasons and a 1,000 miles, I'm very happy with my quiet, clean sailing yacht.