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Electric Motor for Dinghy/Tender

Discussion in 'General Boating Discussion' started by ehbroker, May 26, 2012.

  1. ehbroker

    ehbroker First Mate

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    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?
     
  2. floridason

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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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  3. kmadsen

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    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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  4. Capt Pete

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    What size battery do you use.


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  5. kmadsen

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    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.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001PTHKMG...and=306526019411192295&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

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  6. Capt Pete

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    Thanks Ken, what does it weigh?

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  7. kmadsen

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    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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  8. Aquadesiac

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    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.
     
  9. BreakAway

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    reports of new dingy motor power supply indicates the trend may be to propane powered outboards, which makes a lot of sense
     
  10. Baja30

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    I saw a propane outboard that runs of the 1lb cylinder.
     
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