to drive a
at peak fuel
bank on this
power can be used to pull up anchor and
head silently past your neighbors and out to
This scenario describes a parallel (one
shaft, two motors) installation. A perfect
example of this type of boat is the revolu-
tionary Greenline Hybrid. A parallel instal-
lation, this boat has been designed from the
keel up for hybrid use. With a new “super-
displacement, low-drag” hull, Greenline
claims this boat moves through the water
more efficiently than a conventional hull.
Top speed is advertised at 15 knots with
the ability to cruise at three knots or so on
the integrated solar panels (with the help of
One Neat Package
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the world but many are still prototypes. The
benefits are the same, automated or manual
choice of electric or traditional propulsion,
and plenty of power for the onboard needs
of the boat owner. Whether you’re a go-fast
boater or a displacement cruiser, there are
systems that can meet your needs.
Building on the advantages of the perfect
boating day is the serial option, which has
only an electric motor driving the prop shaft
— such as Hunter’s e36 sailboat. A conventional generator exists purely to charge
the battery bank for the electric propulsion.
Solar or wind generation can be added.
To upgrade to an electric-only auxiliary on the 36-foot Hunter costs $4,000,
which includes the Elco motor, batteries,
and the system management components.
You would be wise to consider an additional
source of electricity, such as a generator,
solar or wind power, which are extra.
Electric-only motors are becoming a
very popular re-fit option for several reasons.
One substantial benefit is the difference in
weight. Even considering the battery bank,
a typical installation of an electric motor
and the generator can weigh 20-30 percent
less than the diesel they replace. There’s no
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