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  1. #1
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    May 2011
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    Key West, FL
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    Model 341, 2007, Cummins 380 QSB\'s

    Electric Motor for Dinghy/Tender

    Anyone out there use an electric motor for their dinghy? I'm considering getting a simple inflatable from West Marine or the like and using an electric/battery powered motor for our occasional use....mostly based on storage constraints on our 341 and the "no worries about gasoline fumes" aspect since I'll use the space in front of my Genny as my storage locker for all of the above. Thoughts?

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    Eric
    Key West, FL
    2007, 341, Cummins 380 QSB's

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    We went through the same thing with our 34c. I didn't think the torqueedo would Work against tide and wind in the inlet (to cross not to run out the inlet). Then we didnt trust the range. Finally we got a seamax ocean inflatable w/ airfloor, no gas smell in the cabin, a 12 volt inflator and a 6hp yamaha 4 stroke. Put it on a two wheeled dolly against the upper bunk. Gas can outside. Works great has a huge range.

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  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    NYC | Stamford, CT
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    241
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    2011 Meridian 441SB 480 QSB Zeus Former: 07 341 Sedan Bridge, Mercs
    Quote Originally Posted by ehbroker
    Anyone out there use an electric motor for their dinghy? I'm considering getting a simple inflatable from West Marine or the like and using an electric/battery powered motor for our occasional use....mostly based on storage constraints on our 341 and the "no worries about gasoline fumes" aspect since I'll use the space in front of my Genny as my storage locker for all of the above. Thoughts?
    I use an electric. Minn Kota brand. I have a battery charger incorporated on the boat and it works great. it's not for speed, but gets you there! I have the salt water 55 unit.

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    Ken
    Bateau Bleu
    2011 Meridian 441 480 QSB Zeus
    Former:2007 - 341 6.2 Mercs
    Dinghy Mercury 270 - Petit Bateau

  5. #4
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    Dec 2007
    Location
    New Zealand
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    2007 Meridian 459, 380 Cummins (NZ) 2004 408 370 Cummins (USA)
    What size battery do you use.


    sent from my crappy old laptop sitting bare assed in my 408.

    Pete
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  6. #5
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    2011 Meridian 441SB 480 QSB Zeus Former: 07 341 Sedan Bridge, Mercs
    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Pete
    What size battery do you use.

    sent from my crappy old laptop sitting bare assed in my 408.

    Pete
    Pete:

    I use a standard 12v. It was an extra battery on the boat. The link below is a case I bought for it with a built in breaker etc... And 12v adapter I also duct taped the case so top would come off. Just as double protection. I'm sure it's fine with out tape, but no one wants a battery fall out.

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    Ken
    Bateau Bleu
    2011 Meridian 441 480 QSB Zeus
    Former:2007 - 341 6.2 Mercs
    Dinghy Mercury 270 - Petit Bateau

  7. #6
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    2007 Meridian 459, 380 Cummins (NZ) 2004 408 370 Cummins (USA)
    Thanks Ken, what does it weigh?

    Pete
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  8. #7
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    2011 Meridian 441SB 480 QSB Zeus Former: 07 341 Sedan Bridge, Mercs
    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Pete
    Thanks Ken, what does it weigh?

    Pete
    Shipping weight is 33lbs. Its light. Battery is heavy as you know. That's why I got a nice case with handle. Battery case also has a 12v adaptor which come in handy with my 12v air pump.

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    Ken
    Bateau Bleu
    2011 Meridian 441 480 QSB Zeus
    Former:2007 - 341 6.2 Mercs
    Dinghy Mercury 270 - Petit Bateau

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
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    Sold sept 2016, loved The boat 2004 Meridian 411 SB Mercruiser 8.1 HO Gas 4 Zone A/C Hydraulic
    Our friends have the torqeedo and are very pleased with it. It will for sure battle any current that a 6hp can do. The range is around 20 miles they claim which should be enough to get to shore under normal conditions, not emergency of course.
    I have a 3.5 hp and keep motor on dinghy and gas can in long narrow locker in cockpit.
    If I would buy today I would buy torqeedo and spare battery, good combination albeit a little pricey.
    Hans
    Aquadesiac 411 SB 8.1 HO

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Seattle
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    2006 391 Meridian 380hp cummins (up graded)
    reports of new dingy motor power supply indicates the trend may be to propane powered outboards, which makes a lot of sense
    2006 391 Meridian
    380 HP Cummins (upgraded)
    11ft AB RIB
    2009 25 Hp Tohatsu go fast

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Afton, MN
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    111
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    2006 408MY 8.1 HO\'s
    I saw a propane outboard that runs of the 1lb cylinder.
    Kevin
    2006 408MY
    "Lightning Strikes"
    8.1 HO\'s

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Mystic, CT
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    05 Meridian 411 - Cummins 370s 08 Sailfish 2660 - twin 200hp Yamas 08 Boston Whaler 110 Sport 25hp
    Quote Originally Posted by Baja30 [Only registered Members can see links, click here to register]
    I saw a propane outboard that runs of the 1lb cylinder.
    There was an article in PowerandMotoryachts this month about propane outboards. It was interesting. They have a 2.5hp & a 5hp model and will be working on a 10hp shortly.

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    Last edited by shelbri; 05-31-2012 at 04:23 PM.
    Brian
    2005 Meridian 411 w Cummins 370Bs
    2008 Sailfish 2660 w twin 200 yamaha 4 stroke
    2008 Boston Whaler 110 Sport w Merc 25hp 4 stroke
    Solitude
    Mystic, CT

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