The Simplest Electric Motor System Yet

by Aaron on February 19, 2007

Electric motor boat propulsion EPOD

Wow. Here’s a pretty compelling option for taking your boat’s propulsion system electric. I really like that the motor is completely contained in the underwater pod. No vulnerable shaft with stuffing box, cutlass bearing hassles, etc. No big hole in the hull for a saildrive. And with 36 and 48 volt options, these require a less ambitious battery setup than the high voltage systems some others are using. Like the Solomon Wheel systems, power generation from the turning of the prop while under sail is possible. The E-POD motors come with composite, 4-bladed, adjustable pitch props, but with a standard 1 inch shaft that can accommodate a variety of props, including folding and feathering ones, if you are more performance inclined.

The E-POD electric motors basically just bolt to the bottom of the hull, and with just a couple small access holes for the power wires, can be completely sealed from the interior of the boat. They come in both puller and pusher models, with the pullers being a bit more hydrodynamically efficient. My 38 foot sailing cat has two long-in-the-tooth 18 hp Volvo diesels with saildrives. Re-E-Power is a small startup business, and I really would like to see them succeed, so that they’re around when I’m ready to repower. I love the idea of clearing out the engine compartments and glassing up those big holes required for the saildrives. I’d probably need to install a dedicated generator for cruising, but these electric drives are inexpensive enough I’d probably still come out ahead of buying two new engines and saildrives.

I wish the Re-E-Power site was a bit more professional, but I’m also glad to see the videos they’ve posted to YouTube. It’s a cool and inexpensive way to get the message out about your product.

The website indicates that Re-E-Power will be at Strictly Sail Pacific (April 18-22 in Oakland, CA) if you want to check them out in person.

Source: RE-E-POWER

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Dan Mendat May 24, 2007 at 3:28 pm

I have just recently (5-12-07) become the proud new owner of an E-Pod s-2000 mounted on my 1976 South Coast 22. Installation was simple if you have a little mechanical ability and only took me about 3 hours from start to finish with an additonal 24 hours for the sealant to cure properly. I took it out for a short test run on 5-19-07 and was thrilled with the performance. I originally had a 6 hp Johnson mounted on the typical kickup bracket before moving to re-e-power. The maneuverability is awesome! With the pod being mounted where an engine should be, I now have the ability to maneuver in reverse. Yes, the rudder can work in reverse! Speed is slightly limited, but as this was my only test so far, I have lots of things I can try out such as the variable pitch propellar and actually mounting the nose cone (puller motor) which should make a great bit of differance. I highly recommend this company and its products. Kevin Plank is a really gentleman and easy to work with. Just keep in mind that his company is new and he’s somewhat busy. Feel free to contact me if you would like some info or for a test ride in the Northeast Ohio area. I trailer my boat everywhere and wouldn’t mind giving demos to serious individuals.
Dan Mendat
Sharon Center, Ohio


pardex March 13, 2008 at 12:18 am

i like this picture


James Banta June 30, 2008 at 6:13 am

I had a OMC sail drive on my boat. I do like sail drive but I am not sure if your product would work for a 1978 Lancer 29. Your design would give me all teh space in my engine compartment for additional battery space but I am worried about the power Would your system have the trust to push a boat the size of mine at a speed necessary to get me out of trouble?


Abe July 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I have an S2 7.3 (24 feet). James Banta did you ever get a response on your question relative to your Lancer 29?


Marc February 2, 2010 at 7:35 am

I tryed to visit e power’s web site today 2/2/20010 and was unable. is all ok or is his site just down for now?


Never Paid June 13, 2010 at 4:57 am

Please disreguard my original posting on this site about the E-Pod. The company and the product is not everything I thought it to be. The boat has long been sold and I’ve moved on. Here is a link to other (happy) customers.


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