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E-Saildrive for my sailing boat

Torqeedo, Aquamot, Kräutler and Co

Popular Electric Saildrives

You can easily find the right type of engine and model for your boat in the categories. "What electric sail drives are available for my boat" - Here you will find almost all manufacturers and models available on the market for maritime applications.

You are not sure which e-saildrive is the most suitable? Give us a call! We have a selection of 16 different e-drives from 3 manufacturers on offer for you.

Special features of electric saildrive motors

E-Saildrives are available in different performance ranges. You will find all variants from 2 kW up to 28 kW (40 HP) power in our shop. Depending on your requirements, you will need about 1-2 kW power per tonne in displacement mode boat weight, depending on the water, hull, and current.

The control of your Saildrive is possible via a remote control or via a fixed throttle in combination with a steering wheel on board. The motor is rigid or optionally rotatable. Normally the motor provides thrust and the steering works via a rudder. The electric motor is mounted inside the boat and the shaft with propeller is underwater. There is only a small passage through the hull to the motor and the batteries. The Electric-Saildrives are powered by an external battery which is connected to the electric drive. Here we recommend modern lithium batteries or AGM batteries for maritime applications, depending on the application. In addition, you will need a charger and solar cells for recharging are available as an option.

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Differences of the individual Saildrives - What do I have to pay attention to?

The selection criteria vary depending on the boat and application. One of the most important criteria for us is the volume. There are outboards with gears that generate a high-frequency hum. These are significantly quieter than combustion engines, but still relatively loud. The electric Saildrive offers some advantages over combustion engines or other engine types.

Electric Saildrives are absolutely silent, there is really nothing to hear. We find quietness on your boat should not be disturbed by anything. We, therefore, recommend in good conscience a sail drive motor for your sailboat. You can also find the information with the individual products or you can filter according to them.

There are also differences between leisure and commercial use. Torqeedo's models have the best prerequisites for leisure use with an unbeatable price-performance ratio.

If you use your boat as a hirer or in the industry for commercial purposes, we recommend specially designed engines from the premium segment. The same applies if the demands on the sailing time per year are very high. The motors from Kräutler are ideally suited for this.

Very interesting are additional options like a metal propeller, a foldable propeller, or the possibility to recharge the batteries during sailing thanks to recuperation. Please contact us for an individual and detailed consultation.

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Electric Saildrives - Which manufacturers are there?

Most boat owners know Torqeedo with the orange logo. Torqeedo comes from Starnberger See in Germany. Torqeedo is market leader in the field of electric boat drives and has already delivered more than 100,000 electric motors all over the world. The saildrives from Torqeedo have between 2 kW and 10 kW of power.

The absolute hit in the area of saildrives for motorboats is the company Käutler. The Käutler family business has been manufacturing electric drive units for boats and ships since 1971. The traditional Austrian company produces high-quality electric motors in standard solutions or special special solutions for commercial shipping.

Advantages and disadvantages of electric saildrives

On the one hand, electric saildrives have the conventional advantages of an electric motor. The electric drives for sailboats are quiet, clean, and very efficient. Also, the motors have much better handling, maneuverability, and more thrust in the lower speed range. E-boat engines are also cheaper to maintain, safer than combustion engines and also environmentally friendly.

Saildrives can only be mounted on the boat with technical skills. Furthermore, the drives are located inside the boat in the hull. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. On the one hand, you have less space in the interior, but less water resistance. This means that you can reach higher speeds and need less power when sailing. They are rigidly built-in and unlike outboards, there is no danger of theft. The engine can easily be wintered in the boat.

In any case, you have the advantage of a flawless appearance without any visible motor on your boat. Moreover, the maneuverability is excellent. On the one hand, there is a small disadvantage in terms of the cost of installation. But don't worry: we will be happy to assist you with installation or put you in touch with a specialist.

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Installation of an e-saildrive on foundation

Saildrives are particularly common on small to medium-sized sailing boats. The advantage of sail drive motors is that the maneuverability is very good. Besides the rigid sail drives, there are also rotatable sail drives for boats without rudder.

The components of the electric motor are installed in a housing, which is located inside the boat. The assembly is more complex than with an outboard and should usually be carried out by an expert. The boat should also be lifted out of the water, which may require a crane.

The base is laminated to the hull and existing bases can usually be reused if an electric sail drive is purchased. The holes in the hull must be well sealed. Existing foundations can be reused, for example, there are mounting plates for Volvo foundations, Yanmar foundations, Yamaha foundations, or other foundations.

The effort is a little bit higher than with a pod motor because only a few smaller holes are needed for mounting on the fuselage and a larger one for the cable feed-through.

It is important to fit the new electric motor exactly. The assembly is also occasionally carried out by private hands. If you have 2 left hands like us, just let us know. We will find you a boat builder in your area free of charge, obtain cost estimates, and organize the assembly.

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