The author is a self-taught electric boat enthusiast who has successfully convertedseveral small craft to electric outboard drive. This handbook was also reviewed by Todd Sims, anABYC marine electrician who specializes in electric boats. Though every effort has been made toensure the accuracy of the information herein, neither the author nor Mr. Sims warrant thecorrectness of this handbook. In the true spirit of do-it-yourself endeavors, the reader assumescomplete responsibility for any use of this information.
Though speciﬁc products, services and web sites are cited in this handbook,these result from the author’s personal experience and opinions only, and he does not represent,endorse or guarantee any product, service or web site.
The author would ﬁrst like to thank Todd Sims, the ABYC marineelectrician who generously reviewed this handbook and made several important suggestions forits improvement. Also, thanks go to three other authors who have indirectly inspired and informedthe preparation of this handbook:Douglas Little, whose
Electric Boats: The Handbook of Clean, Quiet Boating
, published in1994, encouraged a generation of recreational boaters to consider electric drive;Naval architect Dave Gerr, whose
The Nature of Boats
and many magazine articlesrevealed to the layman the mysteries of why boats behave the way they do; andNigel Calder, whose
Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual
is a must-havereference for anyone seeking more in-depth technical guidance on electricity and boats.Finally, the author would like to thank his life partner and boating mate, Nancy Burgon, for herlove, support and many other contributions to this project.
Electric Outboard Drive for Small Boats