We often get asked questions like: Can you use an electric motor on a boat? Yes, you can use an electric motor on many boats, including inflatables, dinghies, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats, as it’s a great alternative to combustion engines. An electric motor can be used as an auxiliary motor for fishing, allowing easier entry into spots and better boat steering, or as a back-up engine when the combustion engine fails to reach the riverbank.
Navigator Inflatable Boats offers a wide variety of electric outboard motors perfect for your needs. Whether you’re looking for something lightweight that’s easy to install or something powerful that’ll get you where you need to go, we have the perfect model for you!
Electric Outboard Motor Battery
Electric outboard motors operate on deep-discharge batteries with long battery life (GEL, AGM) of 12 V or as standard individually or in the system to increase the voltage up to 24 V battery power. Also, powerful electric trolling outboards can work on Lithium-Ion batteries. We do not recommend using car drive system batteries because they provide a maximum charge only when you start the engine and require a generator. You can turn the electric motor on and off frequently to adjust the boat’s position. The outboard motorhead contains an electronic circuit board that controls its functions.
How Long do Electric Outboard Motors Last?
10 to 15 years or 1,500 – 3,000 hours, this is how long electric outboard motors last, depending on the model, on how often is maintained, stored, and used. When talking about how long a battery will last on a single charge, a 3 HP electric motor can go for 4 hours at 4.4 mph on a 14-foot boat. And if you slow it down to 3.5 mph, it can go for 8 hours.
Hints when choosing an Electric Outboard Motor
When operating in an environment where waves are often present, we recommend choosing the longer shaft so that the propeller stays below water. The choice of shaft length is dependent upon the boat’s operating environment.
The material used for the shaft plays a key role. It can be stainless steel, aluminum, chrome or composite. In poor operating conditions, graphite composite material wins because it is incredibly resistant.
Type of Trolling Motor
Choosing which trolling motor to use depends on where you plan to put it. There are only two different types: Freshwater and Saltwater. The difference between these outboards is the material used to make them. A saltwater motor has material designed to resist corrosion caused by the ocean’s salty waters.
Electric Trolling Motors for Sale
Navigator Inflatable Boats offers a wide variety of trolling motors. Here are the electric outboards that we call the best in quality and performance from our 15-year history. As always, you can read our article on the Pros and Cons of using an electric outboard motor.
Experience the thrill of boating and get a head start on your competition by using electric propulsion electric outboard motors from Navigator Inflatable Boats! Contact our customer service office for a complete consultation regarding electric boat motors or visit our store and explore boating with us. Also, check out the price for our best-selling models of electric propulsion electric outboard motors today!
Please read our article: Choosing the Outboard Motor.