Originally Posted by prairie tuber
Welcome to ribnet, and congratulations on your new acquisition. I've been curious about the Torqueedo for a while. I would be curious to find out what sort of range you would get at displacement speed with a fully charged battery & in calm conditions.
I'm thinking it could be great for trolling, shallow water cruising/wildlife observation, as well as a back up to the main outboard. If the main outboard isn't running due to some bad gas in your fuel tanks, you'd have the same issue with a gas outboard for backup.
It's great to see you've got a mechanic on board!
Thanks for the welcome, prairie tuber.
Regarding range, I haven't done extensive testing at constant speed, but my experience so far, with a watchful eye on the range/speed/power/batterylife display, tells me that the battery really does gives its claimed 2600+ watt-hours.
For my setup, I am confident in extrapolating the following:
Max throttle (about 2400 watts draw), one man = ~ 20 km range
Max throttle, three men = ~ 11 km range
Trolling speed, 2-3 km/h, one man = 200+ km range!!!
Trolling speed, three men = again 200+ km range!!!
5-6 km/h, three men = ~ 70 km range
These values assume calm water with no opposing current or headwind.
The motor and big prop is ridiculously efficient at low speed.
The built-in GPS and info readout on the tiller is incredibly useful.