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Old 03-16-2006, 02:21 PM   #15
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Hi Guys,

Following on the theme, Vetus have a water cooled electric motor for the propullsion of smaller boats. It probably will not be big enough for the average cruiser but the system is interesting and worth looking at. Here is the link. http://www.vetus.nl/producten/mainns...ctid=92&lang=2

The engine in Nausikaa works and as I am a great believer in not 'fixing what ain't broken' I have no intention of changing in the foreseable future but, when the day comes for a change, then I will certainly consider a hybrid system. Hopefully there will have been considerble advances in battery technology by that time!

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Old 03-17-2006, 02:47 AM   #16
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I just saw an announcement that Jeanneau has just delivered a new Lagoon sailing catamaran with electric engines. Can't remember where I saw it, but possibly re: Miami boat show. It's been on the drawing board for several years.

FWIW, Peter served aboard a USCG ice breaker in the late 50s early 60s - they all had diesel generators and ran on electric motors - this is not new technology.

In 1986 we went cruising for a few years. After 20 years and 50+ countries and several oceans, we are STILL "cruising for a few years".

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Old 03-25-2006, 03:51 AM   #17
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You would not believe how many boaters honk about the dangers of gasoline and then install a propane system in their boats. The A4 is an incredible piece of iron IF it is taken care of. Of course the same can be said for the Yanmar. My A4 has been running for 28 years, is cooled with raw water, and has not had any major repairs. Admitedly, I'm a fair weather sailor and the A4 is treated with a great deal of love and respect. If I need them, parts are readily available. Should I need to overhaul it, it will cost me roughly 1/3 the price of the Yanmar including machine work and my labor. Moyer Marine has published an excellent manual for the A4 and is now casting new parts including heads, manifolds and thermostat neck. Of course the A4 will always burn twice as much fuel but what the hey, it ain't a motor boat and it doesn't smell. www.moyermarine.com


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