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Old 22 September 2010, 03:11   #1
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Electric Outboard

I am looking to do some exploring on our local canal. I have a small Johnson colt 2-3hp outboard which is somewhat noisey and tempermental when on the back of my Avon Sib.

Have been concidering purchasing a electric outboard for ease of adjustment and quietness.

Anyone have any views hints or tips?

Chris
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Old 22 September 2010, 17:18   #2
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I am looking to do some exploring on our local canal. I have a small Johnson colt 2-3hp outboard which is somewhat noisey and tempermental when on the back of my Avon Sib.

Have been concidering purchasing a electric outboard for ease of adjustment and quietness.

Anyone have any views hints or tips?

Chris

try the torquedo electic outboards very easy to use
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Old 22 September 2010, 19:16   #3
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I`ve had a minn kota for years.

Never had any issues.
That said, it depends how far you want to go. A caravan type leisure battery fully charged, in an open canoe, with 2 people and fishing gear, will give you about 2hrs on 4 or 5 (there are 5 speeds. 1 to 5. 5 being the fastest)

I take 2 batteries for a full days fishing on ullswater.

Top tip:- cut off the battery attachments and replace with crocodile clips. Saves alot of faffing in the boat!
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Old 23 September 2010, 05:23   #4
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try the torquedo electic outboards very easy to use
They look very good. Light weight, Portable however the price tag is some what scary.
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I`ve had a minn kota for years.

Never had any issues.
That said, it depends how far you want to go. A caravan type leisure battery fully charged, in an open canoe, with 2 people and fishing gear, will give you about 2hrs on 4 or 5 (there are 5 speeds. 1 to 5. 5 being the fastest)

I take 2 batteries for a full days fishing on ullswater.

Top tip:- cut off the battery attachments and replace with crocodile clips. Saves alot of faffing in the boat!
This is the sort of thing i was thinking about.
I have two lesuire batteries I could use.
The ones i have seen seem to have very long shafts, is this normal? The Transom on the Avon is around 14" and the dinghy is even less.
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I've wanted a Torqeedo for a while and gave in to temptation at the Southampton Boat Show. It was delivered last week - I haven't had a chance to try it yet but it looks like a good piece of kit.

The price is a bit scary - 2 or 3 times the price of an equivalent petrol motor - but the advantage of only having a small boat (several actually!) is that my total outlay is still miserably low.
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dont forget
what ever egg whisk/electric obm you purchase as a rule of thumb 17pounds thrust = 1hp (approx)
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I have a 40 lb thrust minn Kota I purchased on eBay for $120 US out of the states. 2hp outboards were selling for 7 times that figure.

I use the motor on my 10 ft zodiac. It's ideal for use on a tender, a canal sounds perfect as well. One thing though, they are not as fast as a 2 hp outboard. The prop pitch is extremely fine... Plenty of thrust but I'd say top speed is 60-70% of a 2 hp outboard.

Go to YouTube and search minn Kota and inflatable. There are several videos that will demonstrate the performance.

Battery life on my deep cycle group 27 at level 4 (of 5) is about 2 hours. The transom height is infinitely adjustable via set screw and collar affair. I love the silence of the unit as well as the purchase price.

The torqueedo is a different animal, very expensive, much faster, and louder.
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Old 28 September 2010, 16:09   #9
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Thanks for the replies.
I think it's going to happen.
Torqeedo look the part, But out of my price range.
So i'm Looking at something 44 - 50lb thrust for around 150. Some also say they are saltwater ready.
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I bought a 55lb motor off ebay came from Germany in 2 days.
Have managed to get out on the canal twice this week.
Battery useage seems ok, With 6mph showing on Garmin hand held.
Happy Days
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