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  1. Been away from the internet for the last month - very relaxing! The 8 knots is true wind speed. At that point, the apparent was nearer 3-4 knots DDW and if running at 140 AWA it runs absolutely fine at 8 knot TWS On the subject of top down vs torsion cable and furler, we have sailed with both and they solve different problems. It is certainly very convenient to have the furling line back in the cockpit and the ability to leave the Gennaker hoisted but furled during squalls and then unfurl as soon as clear. However, the torsion cable means that we have to stow the sail in a long (8ft)
  2. Late to the party - sorry - but can offer some insight. I have a Parasailor that is easier to run short handed than a conventional spinnaker but not DDW at less than 8 kt of wind. I do not use it as much as I expected because I have a furling Asym that works for the downwind angles I am sailing in the Atlantic and Caribbean this year - but expect to use it far more in the Pacific. If I had a do-over, I would probably not have bought it but, on balance, I am not unhappy. The ability to run it without a pole and in a wide range of wind speeds has meant I do not hesitate in flying it (
  3. Fortunately, we never tested the strength of the electrical cable because the lines for raising and lowering the leg were tied onto a fitting on the transom. However, we met a couple of cruisers who sank their units when they parted from the mother ship after the cable proved too weak..... However, it is just as impressive watching the unit bounce along the surface regardless of what is pulling it.
  4. Love it - we have the 600. Unfortunately we were too humble when we ordered it, assuming we would need the 240mm prop rather than the 200 - we tore its pintles off mid Atlantic because we were going over 15 knots and that is not the time you want to go onto the stern and pull the locking pin out to lift is out of the water...... However, the company have been brilliant at sending spares and helping beef up the installation so that our unit should now be bullet proof. Key insight is that you want to tie the unit on with a bowline just in case because they don’t float (although they do
  5. Great review from DDW. I should have been more precise. When I said half throttle, I meant going at what felt like half the speed. I agree that if you use 500 Watts, the 1KWh battery will be done in 2 hours. One slightly annoying feature is that there is no cap for the cable on the motor so that, during a longer passage, it can get salt corrosion on the pins (even though the motor leg has a canvas cover when on its pulpit) which requires cleaning and drying before use. As far as charging goes, we have 400W of solar and this is not enough even at anchor with everything else but the fr
  6. So after three months of fairly consistent usage of an E-Propulsion Spirit 1.0 I can report that it is (like Paul Masson’s California Carafes) “really jolly good”. However, we have discovered the limitations as well as the upsides. If you run it at 500W then you get 4 hours use and that equates to around 16 miles (nearer 10 if you are going into Caribbean strength winds). We have only found ourselves in one situation where a gasoline engine would have been preferable or even essential - our bow thruster failed while reversing into a stern to berth in a cross wind and we could not have used a d
  7. No insult intended.I certainly did not mean to imply that North Americans are ignorant. My point was that there are times when you do not need to plane - going 150 yards from anchor to beach or, in a crowded anchorage, going almost anywhere. That accounts for 90% of my use of a tender but my North American friends tell me that I must regret not having 15-20 horses on the back. I have a 15 HP that I can load onto a pulpit when I know I am going some place where I may need to go miles rather than meters. However, I was trying to answer the original question about how e-Propulsion compared a
  8. Sorry it took so long to reply - been out of contact mostly since your post mostly sailing and the other bit working somewhere overseas. The e-Propulsion unit is on a F-Rib 11ft and compares well to an appropriately sized gasoline engine (appropriate if you do not have the North American obsession with getting your dinghy up on a plane whenever you go anywhere) The dinghy sits on the transom of a cruising boat when not in use and the ability to lift the motor off without a tackle (and more important for my wife, who is half my size, to do the same) transcends any need for ‘go faster’ powe
  9. I bought one and am happy so far. Seems to be a slightly more robust version of torqeedo without as many mechanical parts and, best of all, a floating battery. Ex-torqeedo guys who started company to build what they were frustrated torqeedo would not do, or so I was told. Anyhow, will post any update if I encounter problems. Support has been through local dealer and they have been excellent on other stuff bought through them so no reason not to expect the same for ePropulsion unit.
  10. If you are prepared to drop lifting keel or centerboard, the boat that looks most like the Futuna’s lines is the Alubat Cigale. If you created a hard dodger extended back a bit, you might mistake them at a distance. There are second hand 14m and 16m examples that would be cheaper than the Futuna.
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