With the type of lake sailing I do, I don't think I would need a spare battery or solar charger. To get the 1103c with battery, charger would therefore cost $2700. My biggest concern is whether this would be enough power to push the catalina 22 into a 15mph headwind, and some comments above make...
I believe only the Torqeedo makes a unit with the battery in the outboard itself. The 1003/1103 units are very light and easily removed. The Elco and larger Torqeedo use very heavy batteries, but with more range and power.
Thanks for the information, really good to hear about real-world experience with the Torqeedo. I rarely use the outboard more than 15min at a time, but once had a similar situation where we lost all wind and had to motor about 30min back to the dock. It is nice to hear that it...
I'm using a 5hp Honda 4 stroke, mostly reliable. Just wondering though if anyone has powered a Catalina 22 with a Torqeedo, either the 1003c or 1103c models. I sail on a lake, but often have to motor into a 10-15mph headwind on the way out to the body of the lake. The weight of the...
I've been using a similar 'game feeder' battery for several years. The only electrical I use is the running lights coming back home in the evenings (I sail on a lake). I can often go a whole season (six months) on a single charge. I have mine mounted down by the 'volcano'. I epoxied a small...
I had a cover for the cabin area (similar to the one above) made by a local guy who does bimini tops and covers for power boats in the area. It is made out of Sunbrella material. Keeps the teak looking great!
My cabin top winches were for the jib I'm fairly sure- cross sheeting for racing. I'll look tonight to see if I have pics of the block/cleat set up-- they are very handy, mounted on a thick aluminum plate where the winches go.
For what it's worth.... I don't have winches on my 22; the boat had been modified for racing with winches on the cabin top (which I removed), it has blocks w/ cam cleats where winches normally are located. I find I am fine without winches for my leisurely day sailing adventures on the lake.
I've read a lot about the Ruddercraft blade and would like to upgrade, but it is a lot of 'boat bucks'.
I'm getting done with many of my other projects on the boat so perhaps I should save up for this upgrade next year, given the great performance improvement reported by Gene and others.
Thanks for the info Jacktar. I've been on this forum for a few years and don't recall this. I'll do my research; my boat's already in the water for the season but this may be a project for next winter.
Let us know if you notice some improvement in handling.
NOt that I would know from personal experience but..... I have heard that starter fluid makes a great fuel for these guns; also slicing a potato into discs before pressing them into the barrel gives you more 'ammo' per potato. Good clean fun!