I was looking for a "leisure cruising craft" for an inland river in a deep valley with little or no wind. (Kentucky River)
It had to have an efficient hull design, decent interior space and shallow draft for shoals and bank landings.
Of course the Macgregor X was it.
- removed and stored the mast and rigging.
replaced the rear rudders with motor mounts for two 0.8 hp electric motors with 10X4" props.
mounted a 9.9 hp long shaft high torqe outboard (Removing the 50 hp outboard)
mounted 1,200 watts of solar panels over the cockpit using 1.5" IPS aluminum pipe and stringers with "Speed Rail" fittings.
Installed 4 200 amp hour golf cart batteries in the rear berth in battery boxes, strapped to the floor.
Batteries charged with dual 40 Amp MPPT Charge Controllers.
- Speed is 3.1 mph on solar, 6.4 mph on gas. (I am not in a hurry)
Range: Indefinite on solar as long as the sun is shining (20 miles/day, 7 hours underway)
Range: 50 miles per day on gas (10 hours underway)
Plenty of power for cabin items (Laptop, radios, lights, fans, fridge, GPS, Depth Finder, 12v pumps
- 3 12 volt outlets,
4 USB outlets
15 gallon water storage no running water (Yet)
40 quart compressor 12 v fridge.
Food/water/drinks for a week
Sleeping for 2, Fore Berth, port aft berth.
Total investment, about $7,500 for core systems. $3000.00 for hull and trailer, $1500 for outboard, $3000 for solar array, batteries, wiring, charge controllers and motors. another grand for shiny bits and cabin amenities.
Hope to see you on the Inland waters of the US! (Ohio river system)