Electric outboard

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jason.lemasurier
Electric outboard

I'm planning to buy an electric outboard motor, one for a wayfarer dinghy and possibly one for poppy in place of the Honda petrol that I have. I just think it'd be nice to have silence because I'm now doing a lot of motoring on loch Erne. Does anyone have any advice and or recommendation for both a good small and a medium size outboard?

quentin.sands
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Hello Jason, I have a Sigma 54 and it is a good engine for my dinghy when it is used with a fully charged battery that is as per Sigma's recommendations. It can deal with quite rough and windy conditions. The engine has 5 forward gears, 2 reverse ' useful for fisher folk I imagine and useful for edging away from shallow water at low speed. Never used it on bigger boat but I believe they can do a job for you. The downside is that the electrics have been a bit temperamental...finding all the gears not always possible - probably some loose connections but when I investigated I baulked because of the fiddliness of the connections. Also, it has a locking mechanism that you have to be careful with - it can take your finger off if you are not careful!

How is Loch Erne?

Very best to you....

Quentin Sands (Editor)

1993 MacGregor 19, Margarita 

jason.lemasurier
Hello Quentin all's well here

Hello Quentin all's well here thanks and I hope also with you. I've read some good reviews for the sigma 54 and it seems good value so I will go with your recommendation. Loch Erne is lovely and we have a marina berth with electricity for the same price as the Lake swinging mooring. Loch Erne has access to the whole Shannon. Our favorite trip is to Crom castle but we don't sail these days because we're by a bridge. We also have a Canadian canoe which we can use to explore the islands and shore. Please come and visit us if you want to have a look. Or maybe I can organize another Mac trip to Ireland?!!

jonathan.knight
Hi Jason 

Hi Jason

We have a 10 year old Shakespeare 54 which I think is the same as Quentin's Sigma. It came with our first boat and has lain unused.This last couple of weeks we have been using it quite a lot in and around the Firth of Clyde. It has coped quite well though struggled a bit against tide and wind and waves on one occasion but that could have been low battery.

The manual advises a 120Ah battery. Well I'm not lugging that into my little dinghy! For now I have used my 33Ah lawnmower battery and a cheap Varta 44Ah battery bought at short notice. The 33Ah would give me three 100m runs to shore and back and the 44Ah a couple more without running the batteries too low. Fortunately I was able to sort out sufficient charging, some done via engine and solar panel. We have had virtually no wind to sail in this last two weeks so the engine has been used a lot.

Don't expect it to do anything much with the

Macgregor except in totally still water and no wind.

Jonathan