Thanks for that reply
I'll check out what you mentioned.
You made a good point. No you made a great
point: All a Generator is is an electric motor being spun backwards. Why not find a way to get the energy back into the battery when we're under sail or pedal power.
Funny, I was thinking before the other way around: a folding prop to cut drag, especially if the motor unit is used in the Mirage drive well.http://www.martec-props.com/
These props are used on larger saiboats than ours to greatly reduce drag and decrease wear and tear on the stuffing box.
Personally, I think the addition of a solar panel will make the e-volve a far more practical solution for more users who do not want to be tied to an electric plug all the time. A double battery is another 'expensive' and weighty non-solution.
I'm a bit suspect of the price of the panel ($1000). The prices have dropped quite a bit on solar panels and Marine foldable products are rarely as efficient as the type you mount on your house (aluminum frame, type).
A friend who runs an Alternative energy company says right now in the States there are warehouses full of solar cells that are hard to sell because of the bad economy there.
I bought a 50 watt Sharp 24 x24" panel for $329. Putting a rubber foam frame around the outside will cost $8. Seems like a better deal to me.
Heck if we have tramps on our AI/TI, why not put down 1 or 2 cells. Sun power is free (too bad the means to collect that power is not)