The Torqeedo Electric Motor
A lightweight, effective and cleaner alternative to gasoline outboards.
In designs that have been drawn with great care for both aesthetic beauty and timeless style, the last thing you want to do have an unsightly outboard motor hanging over the side, detracting from the lines and brightwork. But sometimes you need that auxiliary power to get yourself home, to the starting line, across a current or onto your mooring.
The 31 pound Torqeedo electric motor is more easily deployed and then more readily stowed than the heavier conventional gas outboard motor. You also avoid the risk of spilt fuel. On the Torqeedo 1003, which we use on the Doughdish and Stuart Knockabout, the battery pack is easily removed and taken ashore when the power runs low. Which with light use, is rarely necessary. One Stuart Knockabout owner used the Torqeedo to and from the mooring and the dock a few times a week and the single charge on the battery lasted all summer!
For the Doughdish and Stuart Knockabout, we have simplified the system a couple steps further. By mounting the battery inboard and using a remote throttle instead of the tiller controls, we have been able to remove all of the extraneous mounting hardware and fastened the - now lighter – motor directly to the motor bracket. This reduces not only the weight of the motor as you place it over the side and onto the deck plate, but also reduces the steps of mounting the motor to the bracket and plugging and unplugging cables for each use.
FAQs: New model T1003)
How much does it weigh?
30 lbs all assembled
20 lbs without the battery
10 lbs battery alone
How long does the charge last?
At slow speed you should have over 10 hours (20nm)
Half throttle: 3:30 hours (10nm)
Full throttle: 35 min. (3nm)
(Moving a 1.5 ton daysailer. Increase run time for smaller vessels.)
T1003 (previous model)
Slow Speed – 2knts | 10:00
Half Speed – 3knts | 3:30
Full Speed – 5knts | 0:35
Slow Speed – 2knts | 17:30
Half Speed – 3knts | 6:00
Full Speed – 5knts | 0:55
How will I know how much juice I have?
The LCD panel on the motor's tiller or the remote throttle show the remaining battery life in percentage, remaining range, speed over ground (SOG), and the current input power, if you are using solar panels.
• You can take the battery home, it easily detaches from the rest of the motor and has a handy handle for carrying
• You can charge it with a solar panel right on the boat.
• You can charge off of a 12 volt battery bank
Battery Life expectancy and maintenance?
If you do not expose it to extreme heat you should expect to get 6-10 years out of a battery. It is a Lithium battery that does not need to be "maintained" as other batteries do. You do not need to keep a minimum charge.
What if I drop it in the drink?
Curse, but then go after it. The Torqeedo is water tight and able to be fully immersed. I would tie it on to the boat though.... it doesn't float.
Maintenance is limited compared to a gasoline powered outboard. If in a saltwater environment, rinse when able with fresh water, especially at the end of the season before being placed in storage. These are not recommend to be left submersed in water, it's best to stow the motor inboard – we have developed storage system for the Doughdish and Stuart Knockabouts – or tilt the whole motors out of the water when not in use.
There is a small pin that acts as a shaft key from the motor to the prop. This can become weak over time and is worth looking at before or after each season. Simply remove the prop nut and slide off the propeller for inspection.
The standard outboard motor mounts are still available, good for use with the Torqeedo or similar sized small gasoline outboard motors. Motor Mounts are rated for motors 4HP or less.
For a QUOTE, please call 508-563-2800.
If you would like more information about the Torqeedo Electric Motor please contact us via email or call 508-563-2800.
Photos of the Torqeedo mounted on a Doughdish: