We've been busy recently finishing our preparations to resume cruising. Two 'big ticket' items still on the list were an outboard motor and a hydro generator. We also had the rig inspected.
|Torqeedo 1103 CS|
Our old Honda 2.3hp 4-stroke did good service. We bought it in Darwin in early 2012 and it served us well through SE Asia, back to Fremantle and all the way to the UK. In the UK it was only used intermittently and it gradually became less and less reliable. Eventually we gave it away for scrap.
We wanted to replace the Honda with an electric outboard motor. For a while we considered an ePropulsion from China. Their regenerative capability looked nice and would be compelling if it supported house battery charging. We chose a German Torqeedo Travel 1103 CS.
|1100W Motor (~3hp)|
|915Wh (75Ah) Li-ion Battery|
|Optional 12V Charger|
|Display with GPS speed|
|Six Marine Ply Boards|
|Shaped for the raked & curved transom|
|Outboard on raised bracket|
|Stern view with bracket raised|
We chose the German SailnSea system called SailingGen. You can find the manual here. and a youtube video here. Armin the company owner has been very helpful. We've ordered a unit and it will be shipped to rendezvous with us in the EU. That will avoid any post-Brexit shipping debacle.
The SailingGen includes a regulator and display/control unit. The regulator is also controllable via bluetooth, currently only from Android devices.
The SailingGen will give us power 24/7 at sea. Our solar panels give us a lot of power, but only during the day of course, and very little under heavy cloud. With both hydro and solar we should keep our batteries full at sea and not need to run the main engine. That'll be nice.