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Echo - The Electric Propeller Company
Echo, Endeavour 26 powered by Electroprop Mariner Echo is a 1979 Endeavour 26 yacht. The Endeavour 26 was designed as a junior offshore racer – a fast, stable boat which is fun to sail and will look after its crew in heavy weather. Many of these sturdy, simple masthead sloops are still in use around Australia as club racers and small family cruisers. To its (entirely biased) owner, Echo is one of the best examples of her class. Unlike many Endeavour 26s which were home completed to variable standards, she was factory finished with a high quality of interior fit-out. My wife Susan and I bought Echo in 2003, mainly for day sailing with maybe an annual week-long trip in mind. We also wanted to use her as occasional overnight accommodation when we were in town for the evening and didn’t want to drive home. By 2010 we really weren’t getting enough use of Echo to justify the expense of keeping her. But I was very reluctant to sell our boat, and so she languished in the marina for two years, getting little use. Thinking about the reasons we weren’t using our much-loved boat, I realised that the diesel engine was a big factor. The little 1989 Yanmar 1GM diesel was reliable, but noisy, smelly and also underpowered, at 6.5 hp. It was also costing us $800 a year to maintain it, with occasional expensive surprises like a new cylinder head and exhaust elbow. There was the prospect of more …