this might work on a fisher with a dead engine
Dylan,FYI: Here’s a vid of the electric motor set-up on a Harbor 20 (made by WD Schock). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTDklXxxfxA I’ve never actually sailed or motored one of these. Probably not nearly the power of your Torqeedo. But I’ve always been impressed with the way it just swings up and out of the water and stays hidden in the lazarette until you need it again. No ugly protuberance on the stern, nice and secure when stored, and still readily available.
very neat indeed. All I need is three of those on a fisher and I am away
I reckon you might be right there Dylan!
Wouldn’t push a Fisher but a duck punt maybe………..
anything will push anything in the right conditions.
this little motor in the pontoon boat film says that it creates 160 lbs of thrust
and from this thread
I learned this
Back in the 80s, both evinrude/johnson and chrysler (maybe others) rated their longshaft “sailboat” engines at about 150lbs thrust for a 6hp and 250lbs for a 10hp. From experience, it did seem close to real world performance. Bruce
so I think that this unit might be equivalent to a 6hp long shaft…. or not…
however, I think that this electric one with my tohatsu might be a system that could work
it is a motorsailer after-all. while playing with Katie L and the Torqeedo I can have the toqueedo running at about 250/350 watts (eight hours or so of running on the battery) and it seems to add almost 2 knots to the forward speed while I am beating to windward. Useful additional speed for the Fisher. On the other hand…. who gives a fig about speed?
In thinking about it, a pair of strong electric thrust-pods that flipped down from both ends of a rear swim platform could be handy for maneuvering in a marina, …that last half-mile into or back out of a harbor or anchorage, …or sneaking up on the wildlife; but I’d still prefer a strong, reliable diesel below decks on a large boat for charging and when power or endurance are needed. Solar and wind are becoming more reliable for charging battery banks and outboard batteries, but they require time and cooperating weather.
Definitely outboard electric has it’s virtues for dinghy/tender duty…which typically are short range and impromptu trips; as long as charging is possible from the mother ship. And the next generation will be quieter with better endurance. Depending on marina/shore power is handy at your home base, but iffy if voyaging afar or abroad.