2008 Note: this page was last seriously updated around 2004,
when I bought two semi-custom (long shaft) motors from the company
that at that time used the domain name outboardelectric . org. While
I am quite happy with the motors, that domain name no longer appears
to lead to the same company. I have not yet gotten rid of the diesel,
since I don't use the boat enough, any more, to have really built up
the confidence I would need to do so.
to my sailboat page.
I'm thinking of replacing my 28-HP Volvo Penta diesel with
a low-maintenance, clean, where possible solar-powered electric
motor. This is a long-term project, for now I'm just looking
around trying to determine feasibility and price.
I've found a few links of interest.
Some of my desiderata:
Some of the things that don't seem terribly important right now:
- Replacement for my current engine, a 28-HP Volvo 2003 diesel.
- Efficient. I'm willing to consider replacing my prop if that
- Long-range. This is usually a tradeoff between price and weight
- No maintenance. This means no transmission (if possible), no oil
to change (if possible). I'm willing to replace batteries every few
- 12V system. This would make it easier for me to use off-the-shelf
stuff, including solar panels to recharge the batteries.
- Experience. All else being equal, I prefer someone who has done
a similar installation before.
- Location. All else being equal, I prefer someone based in Hawaii
or with a permanent presence in Hawaii.
- Space. I do have a large engine room.
- Weight. My boat weighs 15 tons already, even another ton
might not make that big a difference.
- Price. While price is always a consideration, I'm not necessarily
shopping for the lowest possible price, especially if the higher-priced
alternative is notably better.
- Time. I'm not planning on doing this work until 2003.