Electric or Diesel-Electric Drives for Voyaging Boats

Chapter 11 of 21 in the Online Book How To Buy an Offshore Voyaging Boat

Solar Panels charging batteries aboard sail boat

Just about the most common suggestion to improve the Adventure 40 that we receive is to fit some kind of electric or hybrid diesel/electric drive.

And, I myself, up to a few years ago, thought that diesel electric would become a viable alternative for voyaging sailboats that would solve the age old problem of matching the output of an engine to the power requirements of a propeller across a wide range of RPM settings.

So let’s examine the viability of electric and diesel/electric drives for voyaging sailboats.


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