One of the common hesitancies about electric propulsion for boats that we hear voiced by readers and social media followers is fear of not having enough battery capacity to enjoy a day on the water. Certainly, if you are a cruiser or an offshore angler, electric power is not (yet) a good bet for your primary propulsion. However, if you measure a day on the water—as many boaters do—in hours rather than days, electric power is a viable choice right now. So, consider electric power. The monitoring software that comes with most lithium-ion propulsion batteries not only manages charging, but also provides a digital readout displaying how much time you can run at your current speed. Fear not!
—Kevin Falvey, editor-in-chief, Boating
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