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In Reply to: Re: Gel Cell batteries for a small electric outboard engine... posted by Thom V on September 16, 2001 at 10:27:57:
Many thanks. You've given me a few things to work on. I think there must be a solution somewhere.
Meanwhile, perhaps subscribers can point me in the direction of a small lightweight electrically powered outboard engine?
Well, it's been over six months since your first posting about the electric outboard motor. Have you found anything yet? I don't believe you will find really light batteries with enough energy to drive your boat very far. The standard trolling motors will produce thrusts from 30 to right over 100 pounds. They all require heavy, separately mounted batteries.
Try www.lynchmotor.com for a lesson on electric motors. Most of theirs are made for inboard mounting, but they do have an electric outboard motor (looks like it ought to be going putt-putt-putt, but it's electric) that produces the same thrust as a 10hp gas motor. Weight is probably too high for you though if you're looking for something lighter than a trolling motor. And, you've still got to add a big fat battery.
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