[MHml] "electric wheel" replacing Diesels
multihulls at steamradio.com
Fri Mar 9 13:30:28 EST 2001
R Hepler wrote:
> ...So where does it get its fuel? Either way, you
> exchange the diesel engine for a diesel genset, so the
> touted removal of a stinky diesel engine is only partly
I agree. I can see some savings if you end up running your
engine more to provide house current than to motor the boat. In
that case, the genset may be a more efficient alternative. And
if the motoring is done intermittently then the water turbine may
provide the power in the long term.
> I Think (4) below is the BIG weak link in this chain. When
> you get into trouble and need the power, you might be SOL.
> (5) is not much good for very long, but maybe we need to
> learn more patience ;-)
Yeah, I think #1 is really the only place where electric would be
competitive. But if that's all you use the motor for...
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