ELECTRIC MOTOR OPTIONS
As with all areas of yacht design, integrating auxiliary power is a compromise between form and function. Often, the most desired features and abilities of one system are overshadowed by the drawbacks of cost and actual real-world results. These problems are only increased when working within smaller, more traditional designs when much of their beauty is their simplicity.
The complications of small gasoline outboards kept us from recommending them for our customers, especially with the Doughdish. The motor's size, weight, and bulk made installing these troublesome. However, dealing with a hot and greasy motor when ready to sail was the major roadblock.
Stuart Knockabout owners need a bit more power for a longer duration. After years of research, we found a company that produces a product fitting our specific needs. We now offer the Oceanvolt Electric Saildrive as an option on new Stuarts and as a retro fit to existing boats.
PERIODIC OUTBOARD POWER
A number of years ago Torqeedo introduced the Travel Series of self-contained electric outboards. The advancements in lithium-ion batteries reached the point where their useful range and charging times made them a sensible option at a reasonable cost. At just over thirty pounds, the entire motor and battery can be easily attached to our side mounted bracket for temporary power. If a lighter package, nearly zero maintenance, and eliminating the risk of fuel or oil spills is not enough to convince you to chose electric, Torqeedo also engineered additional features into this series like a water-proof design, floating batteries, and integrated GPS technology.
We highly recommend the Travel 1003, coupled with our side mount engine bracket, for intermittent use or emergency propulsion. Sometimes you need a little extra help getting from the dock, off a mooring, or to the starting line.
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The Torqeedo Electric Motor
Pictured below: Torqeedo mounted on a Stuart Knockabout and a Doughdish.
CONSISTENT INBOARD ELECTRIC
The Torqeedo 1003 is an excellent option for most of our customers. However, some Stuart Knockabout owners need a bit more power for a longer duration. After years of research, we found a company that produces a product fitting our specific needs. We now offer the Oceanvolt Electric Saildrive as an option on new Stuarts and as a retro fit to existing boats.
Oceanvolt Electric Saildrive
The Oceanvolt system is a proven design and offered by many of the marine industry leaders. The robust motor provides us with clean, reliable power on-demand. Each installation can be customized to the owners needs regarding system range and charging methods. Charging from the dock can be quick and efficient. However, innovations in solar panel and hydro-generation technology give us nearly endless options for charging and and the ability to be free from shoreside attachment.
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Oceanvolt Electric Saildrive mounted on a Stuart Knockabout:
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Whether you need infrequent power and the just-in-case piece of mind or long range, on-demand, capability, we can tailor fit a system to meet your needs.
If you would like more information about the Electric Motor Options for your Stuart Knockabout please contact us via email or call 508-563-2800.