I quite enjoy the designs of your boats as they tend towards a very common sense approach with great results. I am wondering what your position is on diesel electric propulsion for something in the FPB 64 range. My understanding of their operation should increase the diesels lifespan with reduced maintenance, no need for a genset and increased efficiency due to the electric motor being able to bear the brunt of surging better than the diesel. What are your thoughts?


Hi Scott:

For our service where reliability is an absolute requirement the yacht level diesel electric is problematic at this time. It is also much more costly, and our genset needs are so minor that this is not a benefit (we have the required DC/AC power now with our big alternators and inverters. But we keep watching this. Maybe a few years down the road.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 12, 2010)

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