There are conditions under which this choice is usually out of the
question, and will not be suitable for offshore or other large bodies of water,
as well as for a larger ship as the main engine.
When is an Electric Motor Enough? Based on my experience, I think that an electric motor is enough for a water body of about 500 ha, even if the favorite fishing spot (or for recreational and recreational purposes) will have to travel that longest route (in this case, source, see “which electric motor to choose”). For example, in a large lake, you will want to swim at maximum speed to a location within 10 km (which I think is uncommon) with an internal combustion engine of 2.5 or 5 hp (I can still supply electricity to this petrol as an alternative). from 40 min up to 1 hour With an electric motor, you will walk this distance in about 1.5 hours, which I think is not a significant difference. Electricity will still be flowing back. But there is another nuance, if you want to check a few fishing spots far away from each other or just “drip” and use maximum speed, the power will last for 2-3 hours.
What model and power do I choose?
Power. The first observation is that half the power output would be sufficient than what is currently offered. At the moment, you can find 9 12W Minn Kota engines of different power and 10 different powers. This “diversity” is already difficult to justify technically. For example, the Minn Kota 32 lbs Proclaimeded to be 10 percent. more powerful than its competitors, intriguing the buyer. It is just slightly more powerful at 30lbs and so. All intermediate powers that we do not find on the Minn Kota official website are custom made. For the supplier it’s part of the marketing, for the buyer more freedom in choice – maybe you have an extra ten or a hundred and you buy a more powerful engine or other benefits. If your boat is small today and you do not swim much, you may want to get bigger tomorrow or visit other bodies of water.
So what power to choose? I would regard the information provided on engine power and vessel parameters as more theoretical. Let’s imagine a boat of half a ton total weight and over four meters with a crew and items in an open water body, with strong winds and surges with 30 lbs of power – you can sail not where you need to but in the wind. For thirty, I would entrust a boat with a crew of up to 250 kg (boat and two adults) in normal weather conditions to medium and smaller water bodies in Lithuania. It is not uncommon for me to buy and buy a larger propeller after buying a 30 lbs engine and gaining the experience of “I can’t get home against the wind”, although I would not recommend doing so (I did feel overheated by electrical connections and engine). In my opinion, choosing the engine power should be split in half the officially recommended boat parameters. I would advise buying a step-up engine, instead of just enough.
Some people think that buying a weak motor will save you electricity – and
you will probably find yourself more likely to turn on the fifth, highest
current speed. For a more powerful engine, you can set a lower speed, save
power and have a spare. There are also people with unreasonable expectations
who want to hook the most powerful electric motor on a small and lightweight
boat, apparently for faster swimming. Let’s say the 5 hp petrol engine is about
3 km / h faster than 2.5 hp, and the 12V electric motor has all the power
options up to 1 hp – there will be no more difference and no fast passing (max.
6 km / h electric motor), you will spend more money and carry a heavier engine
and battery, and travel will be shortened by the extra electricity costs, and
emphasis should be on power and efficiency. I would choose something like this
(this is just my opinion and it is understandable that there may be
reservations for a particular situation):
30 – 32 lbs – kayak, canoe, small boat up to 3.5 m, used in small and medium water bodies, crew 2 – 3 people, weight about 250 kg;
36 -40 lbs – rowing boat up to 4.5 m, crew 4-5 people, weight about 400 kg;
46 – 55 lbs – Motorboat of 3.6 m and up, boat, the crew of 3 and more, weigh about 500 kg, plus larger boat or yacht.
Model. Did we discuss what model to choose? With the right choice of engine power, power source, and no abuse of higher speeds, we are usually satisfied with the Endura Series. If you want a cost-effective engine or do not have the ability to charge the battery (say two days in the wild), you can spend the extra money and buy a motor with the Maximizer system. Battery-powered LED indicators are always useful, and you have control over your electricity, swimming time, and mode with the Maxxum, Traxxis, Vector Series motors – making your journey more predictable. Whether your boat has such a design feature, whether you are sitting comfortably in need of a longer or shorter steering handle, or you need to steer while standing – take note of this when choosing an engine.
The most commonly available Endura and Traxxis series engines include a telescopic steering handle if not enough, additional extensions can help in such situations. Most of the boats we use to have (and even too much) standard engine leg lengths, endura 30 and 32 lbs leg lengths from 30 inches to 760 mm (the only power with the shortest and most comfortable leg length), other models can have a short leg – 36 inches – 910mm or long leg – 42 inches – 1070mm. An engine with a long leg will fit on a yacht, a larger catamaran or on a floating platform – a catamaran.
I also mentioned that Traxxis SC is a serious competitor to Endura engines. Purchasing Traxxis SC 55 lbs will cost you between $ 50 and $ 100 (depending on where you buy) more than the 55 lbs Endura, but with design convenience and innovation, a battery charge indication. Worth paying.