Features November 2007 Issue

The future of marine propulsion? Practical Sailor sea-trials the portable Torqeedo Travel 801L electric outboard

This clean, lightweight, and surprisingly powerful, electric dinghy outboard lives up to makers performance claims but falls short of longterm cruising needs.

Three things attracted us to the long-shaft Torqeedo: It is a light motor; it is a portable motor; and it is an electric motor. The dream of being able to easily tuck the daysailer’s engine in the cuddy cabin, or tool around silently in our dinghy, is alluring. And the Torqeedo’s detachable, rechargeable battery makes that possible. Unfortunately, two of the features that we find so attractive are also potential trouble spots.

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