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Stray Cats - The Electric Propeller Company
Stray Cats, Ranger 33 powered by Electroprop Mariner The electric motor and solar charging system on Stray Cats, a 1976 Ranger 33, make the auxiliary power very easy to ignore. It is quiet, responsive, doesn’t need seasonal maintenance, or to go to the fuel dock, or to be plugged in. The motor simply gets us out of the mooring field until the sails are up and brings us back in later, without causing difficulty hearing each other. And the solar panels keep the “fuel” topped up and provide plenty of house power. My girlfriend, a former collegiate racer and racing instructor, and owner of a Herreshoff daysailor without a motor, loved the electric motor’s quiet and control from the first time she used it. She told her parents, who had just repowered their boat with diesel for about the same cost as my electric motor and solar system, that they’d love the quiet too. People watching us dock notice as well; they comment and ask questions. I have found that the motor, at pretty much full throttle, can power my boat over 4 knots into 25 knots of wind. I only have enough battery capacity to do that briefly and we just did it to get through a 200 foot opening in a causeway with less speed and more control than we would have had sailing through. The system is working well for me and allowing me to focus on sailing and on other systems. I …