Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: Can I regenerate power under sail?
A: Yes. The amount of power regenerated varies greatly with boat speed and the size of your propeller. With the 12” or 13” diameter propeller found on a typical 27’ – 30’ sailboat, regeneration will be minimal and can’t be expected to meet all of your power needs. It can be enough to be worthwhile on longer passages. On larger boats with larger propellers and higher average sailing speeds, regeneration becomes more useful. Several hundred watts can be generated on a 40’ or larger baot.

Q: Can I extend my range using a portable generator?
A: Yes. You would connect generator power to your shore power charger. In this case, a charger that outputs 25Adc would provide 1200 Watts continuously.

Q: How do I recharge my batteries?
A: In a marina, you can use shore power connected to a 48Vdc battery charger. If shore power is not available, there are other options. This ranges from onboard or portable generators to solar or wind power.

Q: Can I install the Electric Yacht system in my boat myself?
A: Yes, many of our customers do their own installation. if you are a “DIY” type and are comfortable maintaining your own boat, you should not have difficulty installing the system yourself. We are available to answer questions you might have.

Q: How can I find someone to do the installation if I do not want to do it myself?
A: We have a list of installers you can contact posted on our website.

Q: What are the steps involved in doing the installation?
A: After removal of the old engine and accessory items, we highly recommend you clean and re-paint the engine compartment. Once converted to electric, the mess and smell will be gone for good! Next, measure and locate the batteries. We recommend you build some kind of battery box to contain them. At a minimum, you will need flat surfaces to set them on and tie down straps to hold them in place. This is often the most time consuming part of the installation. Once the batteries are in place, install and connect the electric drive. We provide step by step instructions for installing and commissioning the
system.