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.