|Subject: Re: [harryproa] Electric drive for Harryproa|
|From: George Kuck |
|Date: 4/3/2008, 11:29 AM|
Blind Date is getting an electric motor this winter. The 66'ter in Portugal and the 60' charter boat are both planning on having them as well.
Putting them on the rudders solves the two way problem and gives amazing maneuverability. Would only need one if it was powerful enough. No real drawings yet, but the principle is a sleeve that slides up and down on the rudder blade with the motor attached to it. Lift it clear of the water when not in use with a block and tackle, ease the rope to lower it. Much cheaper and more reliable than the African Cats system. Kicks up on impact and very accessible for clearing ropes and stuff off the prop. Also (smug grin) not usable by boats without beam mounted rudders.
Another version is the e jet http://www.e-