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Since 2010 Electric Yachts of Southern California has provided sailors with the highest quality marine grade electric propulsion systems.  We support you with products from the most successful propulsion vendors, Elco, Electric Yacht,  Torqeedo, and Parson.


Electric Yachts of Southern California is committed to quality and support.  Just ask our clients.  We do what we say and help our clients and new friends sail the electric way.  We have a proven, warranted, support system to drive boats as large as 35000 pounds at design specifications.  Why would you not want to have the capacity that the marine architect originally specified for your boat?

Why Electric is Green:

  • Regeneration under sail
  • Use solar and wind power
  • Use clean dock power
  • Reduce carbon footprint

AGM and LiFePO4 Batteries:

Highest quality batteries form Lifeline, Deka, SeaVolt, MasterVolt, Northstar, and Lithium from Valance, Genesus, Lithronics, and Elite Power.

Electric Yachts of Southern California offers service and waranty through quality vendors and our experienced installers are available to assist.

Electric Yacht of Southern California is dedicated to providing the sailor with the highest quality marine grade electric propulsion systems.  Since 2010 we have served the boating community.  We support you with products from the most successful propulsion vendors: Elco, Electric Yacht, Torqeedo, and Parson.



 

Frequently Asked Questions
Q:  How does the weight of an electric system compare? A:  Depending on battery bank selected, a 48V 100Ah powered system typically weighs less than 350 lbs.  A 48V200-250Ah system will weigh in at around 550 lb.  By comparison, a typical engine, fuel, fuel tank, exhaust and other equipment might weigh in the 400 – 600 lb range.

Q:  Are electric drive systems under-powered? A:  A QuietTorque TM 10.0 system has enough power to drive most boats up to 32 feet to hull speed.  Typically, an electric system can replace a diesel or gas engine of twice the HP without significant loss in top speed.  In many cases, customers find it acceptable to replace an ICE of 3 times the HP of the electric.  The loss in top speed is more than offset by the quiet and “right now” power of an electric system.

Q:  What is the range of an electric system? A:  This is a function of battery capacity, boat performance and power setting. A typical system will have 60 – 90 minutes of run time at full power.  At 6.5 knots, this translates into 6.5 – 10Nm. Reduce speed to 4 – 5 knots and the power consumption drops off dramatically.  Range will increase to 10 – 15Nm.  Range can be extended further at lower speeds.  As a rule of thumb, every 1.25 – 1.5 knot increase in speed requires a doubling of power.

Q:  Can you tell me how much speed and range I will get from a system in my boat? A:  Yes– we have worked out tables that give a pretty accurate estimates of both the speed (a function of motor size) and range (a function of battery bank size). These projections are insightful and informative. You will receive a Performance Projections shortly that will give you a pretty good idea of the speed, range and cost factors of the System and battery banks.

Q:  My diesel still runs OK, is there a market for it if I want to go quiet, odor-free and Green? A:  You will be pleased to know that you may be able to fetch a price in the neighborhood of $2,000 for an operational ICE.  Check your local Craig’s list and the local and national markets on eBay.

Q:  How effective is regenerative charging? A:  Your propeller size and average sailing speed determine the effectiveness.  Typically, it will serve as a supplement to other sources.  When sailing, you can expect to supply your house power needs and will be putting power back into the batteries.  Catamarans get the best results.

Q:  Just how quiet is an Electric Yacht System? A:  Quiet, but not silent.  Extremely quiet when compared to that chugging diesel.  Some component noise is to be expected in the form of drive-line sounds when operating at the mid-throttle range and above.  Unlike the diesel, though, passengers and crew can expect to talk in normal volume both in the cabin and on the deck. Very handy for foredeck communication when docking and anchoring. If you are a racer, expect to have your competitors demand that your key be hung on the backstay in plain view to avoid any temptation to squeeze on a little tiny bit of “electric wind.”

Q:  Can I install the electric motor while still in the water? A:  Yes. Our system is designed to make installation as simple and easy as possible. Since the existing shaft and propeller are used, it is not necessary to haul out to make the conversion.  We will provide the right reduction ratio to match the motor’s available torque to your propeller.

Q:  What maintenance is required with an electric system? A:  Very little.  If you have flooded batteries, you will need to check the water level and add distilled water periodically.  For the rest of the entire system, grease the output shaft bearings and inspect and clean the battery connections annually.  That is about it… How does that compare to your old A-4 or diesel?

Helping sailors with a better propulsion system

Clean, Green, and Quiet

 

Join us for for a ride on one of our demonstration boats.  Join us on our boat or one of the over 40 electric Yachts in Southern California.

We just finished the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show at Jack London Square in Oakland California.  This has always been a great boat show for us and the visitors were enjoying the seminars, the food, the marine product vendors, and of course the boats. 

Electric Yacht announced and showed out new saildrive system.  The unique system can be built with a 5kW, 10kW, or 15kW motor.  It can have an aluminum or carbon fiber leg and will take standard 1inch bore propellers up to 16 inch in diameter.  The motor is about the size of a basket ball and can pack the punch of up to that of a 25hp diesel.


Welcome to the new Electric Yachts of Southern California  web pages

We had an excellent boat show at Strictly Sail Pacific - Next week the Newport 2 Ensenada Race